On Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2:08 p.m., Sgt. D. Edwards was dispatched to the Cleveland Wal-Mart located at 831 U.S. Hwy 59. in Cleveland in reference to a citizen who had spotted a stolen van she recognized as belonging to the “Community and Children’s Impact Center” in Shepherd, Texas. A White 2000 Chevrolet Van had been reported stolen on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by the Children’s Impact Center and reported to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department.
The van was reported to be parked in the fire zone in front of Wal-Mart; upon officers arrival they found the van unoccupied. Officers were able to set-up surveillance on the van to see if anyone would exit the store and attempt to drive off in it. Shortly after officers backed away a subject was seen exiting Wal-Mart and getting into the driver side of the van and suddenly driving off through the parking lot. Sgt. Edwards attempted to stop the van which was trapped between several parked vehicles in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The van stopped and the driver was ordered to exit the van. Officers stated the driver was very uncooperative. The driver physically pulled and pushed officers, but after a brief struggle he was subdued and cuffed.
The driver was identified as Jeremy Wade Wilson, age 33, of Shepherd, Texas. According to Sgt. Edwards Wilson was taken into custody and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (State Jail Felony) Bond $15,000.00 , and Resisting Arrest -class (A) misdemeanor Bond $4,000.00.
Cleveland Police Department has been in communications with San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department, but it’s unknown if any further charges will be filed against Wilson. Wilson remains in the Liberty County Jail.
The Director of the “Community Children’s Impact Center ”Ms. Brenda Myers had called investigator son Friday and sounded very distraught about the van being stolen. “I’m was very proud officers located the van and arrested the suspected thief due to the “Community Children’s Impact Center” organization be very instrumental in the lives of many of our youth in our community”. The van is still operable, although some of the advertising stickers and organizational Logo’s had been removed in order to disguise the stolen van.