Police say Wilson is responsible for the burglary and robbery of the church

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March 15, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A man who broke into and stole items from a church before driving off in a church van has been arrested after an investigation by Smithville police.

Daniel Ray Wilson, 38, of 1100 West Broad Street, was arrested March 2 on four counts of burglary, theft of property and two counts of horse riding. His bond is $52,500 and he will appear in court on March 17.

Smithville police were dispatched to the Outreach Baptist Church on South Congress Boulevard on February 23 in reference to a burglary that had occurred there. The officer met with the pastor and was informed that an unknown white man had entered the building through a classroom door on Monday February 21 and Tuesday February 22. The suspect then walked through the building carrying several items totaling approximately $2,370. The suspect later identified as Wilson loaded the stolen items into a church van and drove off before later returning with the van but not the stolen property. One day Wilson was spotted getting into another van there where it looked like he was sleeping. Another day, Wilson was seen leaving the property on foot. After an investigation by Smithville police, Wilson was arrested and charged in the case.

A man who walked into a local business and threatened to shoot employees has been arrested for assault.

Marty Brent Tallent, 55, of 465 West Broad Street, is on $3,500 bail and will appear in court on March 24.

According to Smithville Police, Tallent entered Galaxy Ford on West Broad Street last Thursday, March 10, and threatened to shoot employees. No one was hurt. Tallent then left the dealership and drove to Pokey’s tire store and attempted to break into a vehicle that did not belong to him. He was then arrested by A Plus Heating and Cooling Officers where he became belligerent and began threatening to physically harm the officers. Tallent was taken into custody and no weapon was found on him.

Kenneth Randolph Stokes III, 26, of Texas, was arrested March 1 for evading arrest and cited for reckless driving. His bond is $10,000 and March 31 is his court date. According to Smithville police, an officer spotted a golden Toyota Camry speeding through the Village Market parking lot with no regard for public safety. He then turned on his blue lights on North Congress Boulevard but the driver, Stokes, did not stop. Stokes turned east onto Smith Road and continued to drive around 50mph before turning west onto East Broad Street and coming to a stop in the parking lot of Gill’s Automotive. Stokes was subsequently taken into custody without incident. A 9mm Glock handgun was recovered from Stokes’ vehicle and presented as evidence.

Paul Allen Willingham of 107 East Webb Street was cited for simple possession of Schedules II and IV drugs on March 2. According to police, Willingham was arrested for failing to use a turn signal at East Bryant Street on South College and for missing tag lights. The arresting officer discovered that Willingham had in his possession an oxycodone pill and four alprazolam pills for which he did not have a prescription. His court date is April 22.

Sheri Leeann Murphy, 38, of 150 New Bildad Road, was cited for theft of property on March 9. According to Smithville police, Murphy entered Center Hill Wine & Spirits and attempted to steal a bottle of vodka, but a store employee confronted Murphy and she took the bottle from her purse and left the store. Murphy’s court date is March 24.

Brandon Ryan Haggard, 41, of 104 West Woodlawn Street, was arrested on March 9 for aggravated assault. Smithville police received a call about a physical servant in progress and upon arriving at the scene spoke with the victim who had marks around his neck, up and down his arms and a knot on the head. Officers found that Haggard punched and grabbed the victim by the hair and threw her to the ground, injuring her. Bail for Haggard is $15,000 and his court date is April 7.

Michael Andrew Snyders Jr., 36, of 739 West Main Street, was cited for theft of property on March 10. A Wal-Mart loss prevention employee spotted Snyders putting a padlock in his jacket pocket. When confronted, Snyders admitted to the officer that although he put the padlock in his pocket, he felt bad and put it back on the shelf. His court date is April 8.

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