WEATHERFORD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Parker County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man and woman they believe are responsible fore more than 20 vehicle burglaries in the Aledo area as well as additional vehicle burglaries in Tarrant and Johnson Counties during the last several months.
Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team members arrested the Thursday evening.
Sheriff’s investigators connected the man and woman identified as Chelsea Lynn Applewhite, 31, and David Roy Jackson, 32, both of Crowley, after an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to the suspects.
“Our Criminal Investigations Division (CID) discovered the suspects used stolen debit and credit cards at local convenience and department stores, capturing them on security video,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler. “We distributed still photographs of the suspects committing their crimes to news and social media outlets, which led several tipsters to contact authorities with possible identities of the suspects. Our CID investigators filtered through each lead and connected Applewhite and Jackson to the crimes. Our Fast Unit members tracked the suspect’s location and conducted a surveillance operation in order to apprehend the suspects, The success of this investigation and arrests was a team effort with the help of a single good tip by a concerned citizen.”
Sheriff’s investigators recovered at least $30,000 worth of stolen items the suspects had in their possession.
Stolen items recovered included jewelry, sports equipment, tools, credit and debit cards, cellular phones, electronics, clothing, backpacks, purses, makeup bags and sunglasses.
“These cases are still under investigation,” Sheriff Fowler said. “We are now hoping the crime victims will identify their recovered stolen items and contact us to arrange verification and a time to return their
property,” said Sheriff Fowler.
Anyone who has reported their items stolen and recognizes their personal property is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators to receive their property back at (817) 594-8845, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sheriff Fowler added citizens can avoid becoming a crime victim by simply locking your doors.
“In each of these case reports, not one window was broken,” Sheriff Fowler said. “Every single vehicle where property was stolen from was left unlocked by the vehicle owner. We can’t stress enough to the public about the importance of locking your doors and removing valuables from your vehicles,”
Applewhite was charged with theft of property and fraud/use/possession of identifying information. Her total bond was set at $50,000.
Jackson was charged with theft of property, and three charges of fraud/use/possession of identifying information.
His bond was set at $137,500.
Both suspects remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail as of Friday afternoon.