Milam County Sheriff's Office Press Release
Late Monday morning Sheriff David Greene discovered the discarded remains of an air-conditioning unit on the side of U.S. Highway 77 near the Milam County Cowboy Church. Sheriff Greene had been investigating similar thefts of air-conditioning units which had been reported over the weekend. After recovering the pieces of the air conditioner Sheriff Greene confirmed that there were missing air conditioners from the Cowboy Church and made contact with Church Officials.
Investigator Mike Clore assisted Sheriff Greene at the church and learned from Alliance Recycling that a man had brought in the condenser-coil of an air conditioner similar to one of the three stolen that morning. It was later learned through the investigation that two men, David Johnson and Donald Page both 24 year old white males of Rockdale had stolen the air conditioners from the Cowboy Church
Investigators also believe that they are responsible for the thefts of the air conditioners from the Marak Church north-west of Cameron and the Rising Star Church off of Texas Street in Rockdale. A fourth a/c was stolen from a residence just outside of Rockdale on 3rd Street. Parts from the stolen air conditioners were recovered from the 1400 block of East Cameron Avenue in Rockdale where the men are believed to have stripped the copper and aluminum from the stolen units to sell at recycling centers. Current scrap prices for parts from air conditioners range from between $1.00 to $2.50 a pound.
David Johnson who was picked up by a State Trooper in Bastrop County for marijuana possession is also being held now on a warrant from Milam County for Theft – $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 from a Non-Profit Organization – a 3rd Degree Felony, he is currently awaiting arraignment for that charge.
Donald Page is currently being held in the Milam County Jail on charge for Theft – $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, a State Jail Felony. Mr. Page had his bond set at 5000 dollars during his arraignment.
Additional charges are pending against the two men for the other thefts that had been reported over the weekend.