An arrest has been made in a recent pickup truck break-in.
37 year old Robert Lee Nichols, Jr. of Hodges Road, Smithville is charged with burglary, theft of property under $500, vandalism, and driving on a suspended or revoked license. His bond is $11,500 and his court date is December 1. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, November 9 Nichols and another person broke into a 1998 Nissan Frontier and stole a machete and foldup chair. Entry was made by breaking out the glass window to the truck. The next day, Thursday November 10, Nichols was arrested after being stopped on Hodges Road for driving on a revoked license. The case was investigated by a detective of the sheriff’s department. No other arrest has yet been made.
54 year old David Ray Johnson of Forrest Avenue, Smithville is charged with criminal impersonation and evading arrest. He is further cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana), driving on a suspended license, and driving with expired tags. He will make a court appearance on December 16. Johnson is being held without bond due to violations of court orders.
Sheriff Ray said that on September 8 a detective responded to McDonalds in reference to a wanted person (Johnson). The officer spotted Johnson sitting inside a vehicle and approached him. Johnson told the officer his name was Kenneth Jones. Authorities later learned that Johnson lied about his identity. Because of a medical condition, Johnson was admitted to the hospital that day.
The sheriff’s department did not encounter Johnson again until Sunday, November 13 when a deputy tried to stop a white Honda for a registration violation. When the officer turned on his emergency equipment, the Honda accelerated heading west on Main Street in Dowelltown. Although the Honda disappeared from his view, the deputy continued west on Main Street until he came upon the scene where the car had crashed. Johnson, the driver, got out of the vehicle and tried to hide in a rock ravine. He was placed under arrest. Found near Johnson was a pill bottle bearing his name, containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
25 year old Clay Andrew Bain of Lakeview Drive, Smithville was charged on Thursday, November 10 with vandalism. His bond is $5,000. Sheriff Ray said that on August 25 while two correctional officers were transporting Bain to the Robertson County Jail, Bain began kicking on the back window of the car until he broke the frame away from the car door and bent the outer door body.