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FORNEY, Texas – On May 5, 2019 at 1:32 A.M., the Forney Police Department was dispatched to the area of Wyler Drive & Greenbelt Drive in reference to subjects burglarizing vehicles.

Patrol officers arrived in the area and began immediately searching for the subjects. Two male subjects, later identified as Dalton Michael Hollaway and Charles Jesse Smith, were observed walking down a residential street carrying a backpack and wearing an LED headlamp.

A Forney patrolman activated his emergency lights, detained, and ultimately arrested Dalton Michael Hollaway for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Charles Jesse Smith fled from the scene on foot and later attempted to make entry into a nearby residence.

Forney patrol officers located the suspect’s vehicle which held several pieces of stolen property. A search warrant was conducted on the suspect’s vehicle which lead to the discovery of several pieces of stolen mail from Kaufman County, Dallas County, Collin County, and Tarrant County. Additionally, several cell phones, garage door openers, checkbooks, credit cards, and other stolen property was found inside the vehicle. In total, there were 72 various pieces of identifying information belonging to their victims.

The Forney Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Charles Jesse Smith as a result of a thorough criminal investigation.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Mesquite Police Department arrested Charles Jesse Smith on Forney Police Department warrants totaling $615,000 in bonds for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Attempted Burglary of a Habitation, Evading Arrest/Detention, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse, and Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information Over 50 Items.

The Forney Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Forney for remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious circumstances. We would like to thank and recognize the Irving Police Department, Mesquite Police Department, and Dallas Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and apprehension of Charles Jesse Smith.