Mabank Police Dept. recovers stolen property, arrests five
MABANK–The City of Mabank saw a significant increase in crime in the last month of 2019, including stolen vehicles and burglaries.
During the staff reports portion of the Jan.7 City Council meeting, Police Chief Keith Bradshaw gave the December police report stating, “In the 11 years I’ve been here I think this last December was probably the worst for crime. We had 21 vehicle burglaries, three stolen vehicles but I can say our police department responded really well to that and there are probably some other crimes that went into that stat. The three vehicles that were stolen were recovered by our department within three hours.”
Chief Bradshaw explained that through the course of these investigations, other crimes were also solved, including for other counties. “We’ve recovered over 70 pieces of stolen property, including seven guns. Two stolen vehicles that we were in pursuit with, we made five felony arrests out of those.”
Summarizing his report, Chief Bradshaw concluded with, “It happened here, we don’t like that it happened here, but I would say that our department responded well to it.”
Also during that meeting, Mabank council members heard from Judicial Candidate Cariann Bradford during the public comments section. “I just wanted to come out and introduce myself, many of you may or may not know, I am running for 422nd District Court,” Bradford said.
The 422nd District Court is currently held by Judge Chitty. Bradford gave a brief history of her professional background and summarized that, “I just wanted to come down to Mabank because you all are a huge part of our community and I didn’t want you to feel ignored.”
In other business, council members:
• Approved the minutes from the Dec. 3 regular session, and the Dec. 23 special session meetings.
• Approved the Certificate of Appointment of Commissioner of the housing authority of the City of Mabank. (Rhonda Carter succeeds Sherry Crites)
• Approved a zoning change from agriculture to commercial for Kaufman County appraisal property ID#50392 GEO ISSACS Tact 7A 2.85 acres owned by Strott Mabank LP.
• Approved the purchase of a 2019 Chevrolet truck for the Water and Sewer Department at the cost of $24,368.36.