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Military deserter arrested in Dallas has local ties

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FERRIS - An 18-year-old male was arrested in Dallas early Monday, June 13 in connection with stealing a motorcycle in Ferris as well as having a federal warrant out for being a military deserter. 

A military deserter is someone who leaves the military without consent.

On Saturday, May 28, the Ferris Police Department received a report from a resident in the Shaw Creek addition about a motorcycle being stolen.

Reportedly the resident stated a man came to their residence wanting to test drive a motorcycle they had for sale, they agreed and the man never came back.

The motorcycle, a 2009 Suzuki with a custom paint scheme, wasn’t seen again until Dallas Police stopped one matching the same description at 12:18 a.m. on Monday, June 13 because of it having a license plate stolen from an unrelated case.

According to a press release issued by Ferris Police Chief Sam Love, Dallas also found the stolen report on the motorcycle vehicle identification number entered into the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) by FPD.

The suspect, Stephen Anthonye Newsome, 18, of Carrollton, was officially arrested by DPD for a Federal warrant from the U.S. Army for being a military deserter.

Newsome is the same man who took the motorcycle under the pretense of taking it for a test drive on Monday, May 28.

The motorcycle, valued at $7,500, was recovered and listed in good condition by DPD.

Love is preparing an arrest warrant charging Newsome with felony theft over $1,500 under $20,000 in Ellis County.

“This is a prime example of how valuable it is to have the serial number of property when reported stolen so it can be entered into NCIC,” stated Love.

Newsome is currently being held in the North Tower of the Dallas County Jail for unauthorized use of vehicle, unlawful carrying of a weapon with bonds totaling $2,500.

The charge with the U.S. Military has Newsome on hold in the jail with no bond issued Tuesday, June 14.


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