Llano County sheriff's deputies arrested
26-year-old Jerome Ward (left) and 27-year-old Robert Williams III
after finding more than $20,000 of stolen electronics and items in their
vehicle during a traffic stop.
Two Galveston men fleeing West Texas with more than $20,000 in stolen
electronics ended up in the Llano County Jail after sheriff’s deputies
caught up with them Wednesday, Sept. 23, on Texas 71.
Llano County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received word of a black,
four-door Nissan possibly heading toward Llano County on Texas 71 with
occupants suspected of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of
electronics from a Walmart in San Angelo and possibly another in Brady.
According to a Llano County Sheriff’s Office media release, Deputy
James Treadway spotted the vehicle traveling east on Texas 71 near
Valley Spring in the northwest portion of Llano County.
Treadway stopped the car, and other deputies soon arrived. Deputies
searched the vehicle and found 16 iPhones, 81 pairs of earbuds, six
Powerbeats earphones, one iPod Touch, and one Apple TV 4K. All of the
items were in their boxes and valued at more than $20,000, according to
Llano County investigators contacted San Angelo police and watched
video footage from the San Angelo Walmart. The two men were eventually
identified through fingerprint scans as 27-year-old Robert Lee Williams
III and 26-year-old Jerome Anthony Ward, both of Galveston. They
initially gave officers false names.
Two female occupants in the vehicle were released pending further investigation.
LCSO officials said both men “have extensive criminal histories.”
They were booked on felony fictitious name and theft charges. The
investigation is ongoing and involves several other Texas jurisdictions.