Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Seguin man wanted after string of burglaries

Published February 19, 2009

LAMPASAS — A local resident visited this Hill Country town last fall and left such an impression, they’d pay $1,000 to get him back — but no one’s promising they’d let him leave anytime soon afterward.

Lampasas Assistant Chief of Police Sammy Bailey said Steven Joseph Johnson, 26, of Seguin is suspected of taking part in a string of commercial burglaries that occurred in that community on Oct. 30 — and is believed to have returned to Guadalupe or Comal counties.

“We have several charges on him right now for burglaries of businesses and buildings in town,” Bailey said. “The Lampasas County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.”

Bailey said Johnson and Christopher Brian Herbold are believed responsible for the burglaries. Herbold, 25, was taken into custody in Seguin after a scuffle with Wal-Mart employees, who confronted him after he allegedly stole an Xbox 360 headset. Herbold, purportedly an “Ultimate Fighting” competitor, was booked on charges of robbery, burglary and possession of marijuana. He has since surrendered to Lampasas authorities.

The pair are alleged to have broken into the Shooting Star Christian bookstore, Storm’s Restaurant, Lampasas Hardware, Diamond G. Concepts, the Peddler’s Alley shoe store and Mr. Gatti’s Pizza. In most of the burglaries, cash was taken out of registers. At the bookstore, a necklace also was found missing. At Storm’s, the burglars hit a safe, Bailey said. Other charges are possible.

As far as Lampasas police know, Johnson hasn’t been back since the burglaries, but they’d like to talk to him.

Seguin Police Detective Lt. Johnny San Miguel confirmed the department is actively looking for Johnson and wants anyone who knows his whereabouts to call (830) 379-2123.

If anyone has information, wants to collect a reward but wishes to remain anonymous, calls may be placed to Lampasas County Crime Stoppers at (512) 556-2769 (ARMY).