By Will Johnson
“It’s gotta be the shoes!” – Mars Blackmon
CROCKETT – For the second time in less than a week, a criminal suspect was identified and arrested in Crockett based on his choice of footwear.
Cody Bledsoe, 28, was arrested on Sunday, July 30 after a witness description stated a robbery was committed by a man wearing a white T-shirt and red shoes.
On, Wednesday, Aug. 2, a second man was arrested for an unrelated crime after a witness description indicated a theft was committed by a man wearing a blue hoodie and red shoes.
Crockett resident Anthony Glen Lockhart, 51, was arrested and charged with third degree felony theft after he was apprehended and identified based on his clothing ensemble.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Crockett Police Officer John Ortiz was on patrol Wednesday afternoon when he was dispatched to the Dollar General store, located at 1025 E. Loop 304, in reference to a beer theft.
“The suspect was last seen leaving the store on foot wearing red shoes with a blue Crockett Bulldogs hoodie,” the affidavit reported.
While Ortiz was attempting to locate the beer thief, he received information the suspect was observed in a red car across Loop 304 at Taco Bell.
The officer responded to the fast food establishment and located Lockhart in the back seat of a red car. He was “…wearing red shoes and had two 12 packs of Bud Light in his possession along with a Crockett Bulldogs hoodie,” the report stated.
Lockhart was transported back across Loop 304, where a witness identified Lockhart as the person the witness had seen committing the theft. Ortiz was also informed Lockhart “… had a warrant out for his arrest for theft, less than $2,500 with two prior convictions.”
Lockhart was placed under arrest and was booked into custody on one count of theft of property – a state jail felony – and one count of third degree felony theft.
According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
A state jail felony carries a sentence of not more than two years or less than 180 days – in a state jail facility – along with a fine of up to $10,000, according to Section 12.35 of the Texas Penal Code.
Lockhart is held at the Houston County Jail and his total bond has been set at $52,500.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.