TGC Sheriff’s Office increases holiday patrols, three arrests so far

Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones announced Monday that he has increased patrols to curb holiday criminal activity. So far, plain-clothed investigators have made three felony arrests, recovered stolen property from burglaries and seized narcotics.

On Dec. 1, Kevin Don Lassiter was arrested on an outstanding parole warrant and was found in possession of a loaded firearm during his arrest. He was also found in possession of methamphetamine. Lassiter was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, a third-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 >=1 gram < 4 grams, a third-degree felony; and his parole warrant.

The following day, Robert Wayne Bledsoe was arrested by Tom Green County deputies on a parole warrant. The deputies had observed Bledsoe operating a vehicle with passenger Amber Michelle Webb, who was also wanted on a parole warrant.

During an inventory of the vehicle Bledsoe was driving, deputies found more than 38 grams of methamphetamine in a false compartment in the vehicle, along with digital scales and materials used in the distribution of illegal drugs. A firearm that was reported stolen was also found and more than $1,000 in cash was seized from Bledsoe’s possession.

Bledsoe was arrested on the parole warrant and charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 >4 grams < 200 grams, a first-degree felony. Webb was arrested on a charge of tamper or fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, a third-degree felony.

Items found in the inventory of the vehicle Bledsoe was driving include a number of stolen items believed to be taken during recent burglaries. Deputies were able to confirm that some of the items were, in fact, stolen in recent burglaries, and in one case, items that had not been discovered or reported stolen to date. Investigators are in the process of trying to identify the rightful owners of the remaining stolen property.

Jones said these efforts will continue through the holiday season to suppress crime in the county.