The Lampasas County District Clerk, Cody Reed was arrested for theft by a public servant on Friday, according to the Lampasas County Jail.
The Lampasas County Sheriff's Office assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers to serve the arrest warrant.
The arrest resulted from an on-going investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers.
In a press conference on Monday, Reed and his attorney said the theft was of a refrigerator
Court documents obtained by KXXV said that Reed was charged with theft by a public servant (>$100). His bond was set at $1000.
The arrest affidavit for Reed said that Ranger Jason Bobo was told in Aug. 2017 that Reed was believed to have stolen a refrigerator from the Lampasas County Courthouse Annex building without the consent of the owner, Kristin Evans. Evans told the Ranger that she had loaned the fridge to the office. One month prior to the alleged theft, the fridge was put in the hallway with a note saying it belonged to Evans after no longer being needed.
On Aug. 30, 2017, Ranger Bobo said he had seen Reed moving the fridge into the bed of his truck on Aug. 19.
When interviewed by Bobo, Reed said the fridge had stopped working for two months. After it wasn't picked up or moved, Reed told Bobo he had "had enough" and threw it away.
Bobo also said in the release that Reed was also believed to have committed other criminal offenses, such as theft and/or tampering or falsifying documents. Bobo said that Reed had claimed to work certain hours on his county timesheet but had not worked whatsoever or had worked different times than he reported to have worked.
DPS released a statement Monday evening:
The Texas Attorney General's Office requested that the Texas Rangers investigate allegations against the Lampasas District Clerk in September of 2017. Following protocols for special investigations of elected officials, the request was reviewed on the regional level before being approved by the senior staff of the Texas Rangers.
A three-page arrest warrant affidavit was filed with the Justice of the Peace, Precinct #1, for Lampasas County. Subsequently, an arrest warrant was issued for Cody Lee Reed for the offense of theft by a public servant (less than $100), a Class B misdemeanor.
The offense of theft by a public servant is a class B misdemeanor.
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