Theft suspect caught in Kansas

February 16, 2013

Granbury Police investigators are waiting to hear from authorities in Kansas on whether $6,000 in cash stolen from a Granbury business is missing after a 33-year-old Hood County woman was taken into custody in Dodge City.

Deputy Chief Alan Hines of the Granbury Police Department said that a report indicated the money was not deposited into the night drop at the bank. The business is in the 800 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury.

Lori Ellen Cox, of the 300 block of Shady Grove Drive in the Shady Grove subdivision northeast of Granbury, was arrested on a state jail felony count of theft over $1,500/less than $20,000, according to Hood County Jail booking records. Hines indicated Cox was driving a vehicle in the Dodge City area and was pulled over by Ford County sheriff’s deputies on a traffic stop.

“The person responsible for the night drop was Lori Ellen Cox,” Hines stated, noting that an attempt to locate alert had been sent out seeking the suspect, and an arrest warrant was issued. “The investigation revealed that Ms. Cox was responsible for the theft and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Ms. Cox was located in Kansas and the warrant was served.

“We are currently working with the officers in Kansas to see if there was money in the vehicle; we are awaiting their response.”

The bond for Cox was set at $5,000, and she was still in custody as of press time.

DRUG CHARGE

A 30-year-old Hood County man was arrested during a traffic stop that turned into a felony arrest.

When the vehicle’s driver, 30-year-old Thomas Wesley Clark, was pulled over by an officer in the 3300 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury, the officer discovered a substance “believed to be methamphetamine,” Hines said.

Clark, of the 3600 block of Oak Meadow Street in Oak Trail Shores northwest of Granbury, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram – a state jail felony count ($5,000 bond).

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

A business in the 400 block of South Morgan Street was burglarized last week, and the total estimated property loss was set at $578, Hines said.

“The suspects damaged a window, took gift cards, dollar coins, (and a) cash box and also damaged a planter and a neon sign,” Hines said.

The business owner said the neon sign likely would cost at least $150 to replace.

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