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December 20, 2012

Aledo’s ‘Grinch’ busted

Woman’s lengthy criminal history includes murder solicitation charge

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ccoyne@weatherforddemocrat.com

ALEDO – Tips from people who believed they recognized a suspect’s photo in the news Tuesday led to the arrest Wednesday of a woman accused of stealing Christmas decorations in the Aledo area.

After receiving five reports of stolen Christmas decorations in the Aledo area during the past couple weeks, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office released images from a security camera that showed a woman stealing a wreath and Christmas lights from a residence in the 200 block of Mockingbird Lane during the early morning hours of Dec. 7.

After the pictures ran in various media outlets, the sheriff’s office received calls Tuesday night and Wednesday leading them to the woman they have linked to two of the thefts, according to CID Lt. Mark Arnett.Investigators went to talk to her around 9 a.m. at her residence in the 100 block of Rim Rock in the Aledo area, according to Arnett.

During a search of the house, they located Christmas lights and a wreath, along with a laptop that had been reported stolen out of Johnson County, though it’s not clear whether she was involved with that, Arnett said.

Dana Lanette Brock, 43, implicated herself in the theft, and investigators obtained an arrest warrant for her, according to the sheriff’s office.

Brock has been linked to two of the thefts, Arnett said, and they are still investigating any possible involvement in the others.

Investigators also spoke with a resident in the Mid-Cities who said they paid Brock to put a strand of lights on their house.

Arnett said they believe those lights were stolen from the Aledo area.

“We appreciate the public coming forward,” Arnett said.  “It wouldn’t have been solved if the public had not helped.”

Brock remained in the Parker County Jail as of Wednesday evening charged with class B misdemeanor theft, more than $50, less than $500.

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