Reports of reckless drivers steadily remains at the top as crime in Rusk County fluctuated in the month of May. 

Incidences of reckless driving were up to 86 in May as compared to 78 in April. Miscellaneous theft also remained at the top with 32 reported last month. There were 21 thefts reported in April. 

“It’s that time of year unfortunately and we cannot stress enough how important it is to lock or put things away, especially in your yard,” said Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price. 

While burglaries of building and habitations dipped in May, burglaries of vehicles increased significantly with 11 counts reported as compared to only one in April. 

“Every case of this last month was because a vehicle was unlocked,” Price said. “You may not think you have anything in your vehicle, but it is not going to stop someone from opening the door and looking. We cannot stress enough how important it is to take valuables out of your vehicles and lock the doors.” 

Criminal mischief was up to 20 counts reported as compared to 16 in April. The RCSO also reported that scams were slightly up last month. 

“We’re still hearing about the scam that says there is a warrant for your arrest and that you need to send iTunes gift cards,” Price said. “There is also another scam that mentions an IRS investigation, and luckily none of our citizens, that we know of, fell for these last month.”

The RCSO reported eight counts of terroristic threat, doubling since April. Livestock calls were down by more than 50 counts to 83 in May. There were 134 counts in April and Price attributed the decrease to the rain and green pastures at this time of year. 

The RCSO had 2,333 total records taken in May, up from 2,152 in April. 

Crime statistics, according to reports produced each day by the RCSO and printed in The Henderson News in May, include the following:

• 86 counts of reckless driver; 

• 32 counts of miscellaneous theft; 

• 22 counts of disturbance; 

• 20 counts of criminal mischief;

• 16 counts of simple assault;

• 11 counts of burglary of a vehicle, criminal trespass;

• 10 counts of misdemeanor arrest; 

• Eight counts of animal cruelty, terroristic threat; 

• Six counts of burglary of habitation, vehicle stolen; 

• Five counts of felony arrest, deadly conduct;

• Four counts of burglary of a building, harassment, illegal dumping;

• Three counts of sexual assault, telephone harassment;

• Two counts of arson, credit card abuse, fraud, narcotics, protective order violation; and

• One count of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, illegal burning, ID theft, illegal hunting, narcotics possession, robbery.

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