Woman arrested, accused of stealing Christmas decorations in Aledo

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A 43-year-old woman accused of stealing Christmas decorations from residences in the Aledo area was apparently hanging the lights on other homes as part of a holiday-lighting business, authorities said.

Dana Brock was arrested Wednesday morning at her residence in the 100 block of Rim Rock Road in Aledo and jailed on charges of theft of property between $50 and $500.

But Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said investigators believe she was doing much more than just stealing the lights.

"It appears that she was committing these offenses and then contracting with others to hang these stolen lights," Fowler said. "It appears that way at the moment."

Once Brock's arrest became public, Fowler said authorities started receiving calls, including one from a Hurst resident who said Brock had hung lights on her home. Investigators were talking to the Hurst resident Wednesday afternoon.

"They said she strung lights and then they heard about her arrest and said, 'Uh-oh, maybe these lights on our home are stolen,'" Fowler said.

Besides Christmas lights and decorations, investigators found a number of laptops in the home, including one that was stolen in Johnson County. The other laptops have not been reported stolen, Fowler said

Brock remained in jail Wednesday afternoon.

She has a lengthy arrest record, and is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14 in Parker County on a charge of assault on a family member. She also was convicted of solicitation of murder in Coconino County, Ariz., was sent to prison on Nov. 27, 1987, and released on Dec. 13, 1990, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. She also had five Tarrant County convictions, including two assault with bodily injury cases, Fowler said.

Surveillance video had shown a woman stealing Christmas decorations from neighborhoods in Aledo.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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