While they purchased more than $200 in shoes before they were apprehended, two fugitives won't be using their new footwear to run from police.
Comanche County resident Mary Ann Cox, 31, and Weatherford resident Jeremy Hollis Lavender, 34, were arrested just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sheriff Tommy Bryant, who credited alert residents, improved technology and persistent deputies with the arrests.
Deputies reportedly recovered 13 stolen checkbooks, three drivers licenses, two student identification cards and a Foley's credit card. Evidence also found that the stolen checks had been used to make purchases at a shoe store and another retail outlet.
There was a warrant for Cox's arrest out of Hamilton County for failure to appear on two charges - theft by check and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Lavender had warrants out of Comanche and Brown counties for drug possession and theft.
In addition to being arrested on the list of warrants, the duo was charged locally with failure to identify as fugitives.
Bryant said the arrests followed a call reporting a suspicious vehicle off US Highway 67 in the Rabbit Center area Tuesday afternoon. He said deputies patrolled the area until the pickup, which was occupied by one male and two females, was located in the 600 block of CR 490 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Lavender initially provided a false identity and said he was a Fort Worth resident who had come to the county to help a friend "get fuel in a barrel." His strange claim coupled with suspicious behavior led deputies to search Lavender for weapons, but officials instead located a wallet and checkbook belonging to another individual Lavender claimed he had found and his own Texas identification card.
Lavender eventually claimed he had taken the checkbook from an abandoned house he had slept in somewhere between Dublin and Gustine.
Meanwhile, one of the females, who claimed her name was Mary Ann Kehl was identified as Cox following a call to Comanche County dispatch. Bryant said the woman had reported a Comanche address, which spurred the call to Comanche law enforcement officials.
Using the name Mary Ann Cox as suggested by the dispatcher, local officials were able to identify Cox using a computer recently installed in his patrol car.
Deputies located several cartons of cigarettes, stolen checkbooks and other stolen identification following a search of the truck. The stolen items reportedly belonged to individuals from Erath and Collin counties and a Houston-based business.
The other woman, Comanche resident Amanda Holdridge, was not arrested but did allow deputies to search a Stephenville motel room where the trio had been staying. The only thing found in the room was a "large amount" of cigarettes.
Cox is being held at the Erath County Jail on an $18,000 combined bond, and Lavender's bond is set at $21,000.