Johnson County mother, daughter talked of selling stolen goods, affidavit says

07/03/2014 2:50 PM

07/03/2014 2:51 PM

Neighbors of a Johnson County woman suspected of stealing crosses from a front porch — and in clear view of a security camera — told deputies they have been missing property for the last six months, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The missing items included lawn chairs, plastic black/gray geese and whirligigs that were recovered by deputies earlier this week in the Johnson County home of Iris Carroll, according to the affidavit obtained Thursday by the Star-Telegram.

Carroll, 26, and her mother, Cathy Silva, 43, are suspects in 12 thefts in Johnson County, including Joshua and Keene. Both women live in homes in unincorporated Johnson County, near Cleburne.

Silva remained in the Johnson County Jail on Thursday with bail set at $10,000. She faces a charge of theft of property from $1,500 to $20,000. Her daughter was in the same jail facility on three counts: theft of property from $50 to $500, theft of property from $500 to $1,500 and theft of property from $1,500 to $20,000. No bond has been set for Carroll, authorities said.

“Detectives were able collect statements from witnesses who had purchased decorative items from Carroll, and linked her to a theft in the city of Joshua,” Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said in a news release.

On Monday, investigators were alerted to two thefts that led to the arrests of Carroll and Silva. Deputies received a report of a Vortex engine supercharger stolen from a truck in the 3500 block of Dove Creek Road in unincorporated Johnson County. Authorities were also notified that four crosses and a pair of kids shoes had been stolen from a porch in the 3900 block of County Road 801, also in unincorporated Johnson County. A woman was captured on a home security camera at the County Road residence.

After posting the video on Facebook, County Road homeowner Kevin Jones was notified by some residents of the woman’s identity. She was later identified as Carroll, according to the affidavit. Caroll lived a short distance from Jones’ neighborhood. On Tuesday, investigators received a tip form an informant that the woman on the video was Carroll.

Through the investigation and after the video was posted by local media, deputies tracked down Silva.

As part of the investigation, Silva’s 28-year-old husband was interviewed and he told deputies that after finishing a conversation with his wife, the phone failed to disconnect and he overheard his wife and Carroll talking about a supercharger that Carroll had removed from the truck on Monday.

He said his wife told Carroll that they needed to sell everything by Friday, before he returned from work. Silva also told her daughter that she would not go down for it, according to the affidavit.

Silva’s husband disconnected the call, but he called his wife back to tell her what he had overheard, the affidavit states. Deputies later located the car parts in Carroll’s vehicle.

On Tuesday, deputies responded to a theft report in Carroll’s neighborhood, and learned that her neighbors had been missing items since January.

One neighbor told deputies that just a few days ago she saw a woman walking to her front yard and asked what she was doing. The woman, who appeared dazed and slurred her speech when she spoke, told the resident that she lived in the neighborhood and was looking for her lost Chihuahua. The resident didn’t believe her because she kept changing her story.

Deputies went to Carroll’s home and discovered the missing crosses and other items, according to the affidavit. Her husband told authorities that Carroll had been in a rehab facility in Watauga.

Acting on a tips, authorities arrested Silva on Wednesday at her home, and Carroll was taken into custody in Dallas.

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