September 10, 2008

Sherman Man May Face Deportation

Sherman police say they caught a man stealing, and then learned he had been living in the U.S. illegally.

25-year-old Jose Rodriguez-Gonzales of Sherman is now at the Grayson County Jail. Sheriffs deputies say he can't bond out until immigration officers arrive, and determine whether he should be deported.

Police say Rodriguez-Gonzales was caught loading tires and wheels into the back of a pickup truck at a vacant house on West Cherry Street in Sherman.

Reports show he gave officers a phony name, and while investigating him they learned he had been using false documents to get a job because he was in the U.S. illegally.

Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department says lately immigration officers have been cracking down. "In the past, it was not usual for us to come across someone that we were pretty sure was here in the U.S. illegally, and it was a bit tougher to get a hold for immigration. Now it seems that it's easier."

The owner of the wheels has not been located. Officers say the house where the theft occurred was vacant.

Authorities say there's no telling how long Rodriguez-Gonzales will be held in jail. They say the closest immigration office is in Dallas.

Vanessa Bolano, KTEN News.

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