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Robbery suspect found in home on Dogwood Ave.
Polk County Enterprise - May 2008
LIVINGSTON — A multi-agency search for a suspect who stole a woman’s purse, cell phone and car from the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday ended at about 5 p.m. with the arrest of Barrett Michael Tillery, 36, of Onalaska. Whataburger employees called police just after the incident when they saw a vehicle exit the north end of their parking lot, drive across the grass and attempt to enter the wooded area a short distance behind the restaurant. Livingston police and Polk County Sheriff’s deputies, some using search dogs recovered the vehicle and the purse that had be “rifled through” by the suspect, Livingston Police Department officials said. The search dogs picked up a scent and took officers through the wooded area and down Dogwood, which runs north and south just two blocks east from where the vehicle was abandoned.

The scent trail ended in the 600 block of Dogwood and as LPD and PCSO officers searched in and around a few houses, LPD officer Rob Adkins spotted a man matching the suspect’s description looking out the kitchen window of a mobile home. Thomas ordered the man to come out of the house and he told officers he was the brother of the woman who lived there, but was traveling and had been away from home. Officers on the scene know the residents and that the suspect could not be telling the truth and he was arrested on felony charges of aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation. Tillery had just been released from the Polk County jail on May 6 on other charges, according to Lt. Matt Parish, LPD spokesman. As a precaution, Livingston Independent School District “locked down” Timber Creek Elementary for about 30 minutes during the search, according to communications director Gregg Faith.

Campus officials began releasing students a few minute before their normal release time under tightened security. Extra police officers and school staff closely monitored children loading buses and ensuring only authorized adults picked up students by car. Security was also heightened at Livingston Intermediate and the Pine Ridge Elementary during dismissal, Faith said. Tillery is being held in the Polk County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.


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