Deputies retrieve member of most wanted

Published 12:32 am Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A man who authorities have actively searched months for now sits in the Dallas County Jail.

Deputies from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department flew to the Kansas City area to pick up Leonard Crocker, 44. Once he was in their possession, they charged him with failure to appear for theft of deception first-degree, two counts of theft of property second-degree and four counts of negotiating with a nonnegotiable instrument. He also never registered as a sex offender after being convicted of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

“There was no type of incident that occurred when deputies were taking control of Mr. Crocker,” said Chief Deputy Randy Pugh.

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Crocker has been listed twice on the Selma and Dallas County’s most wanted list. The original time was only for the sheriff’s department.

“The theft of property charges from the county are check-related as well,” Pugh said. “He allegedly knew an account was closed, but used checks to pay for things and it was a large sum of money.”

Authorities learned of Crocker’s whereabouts from an informant. They contacted the Kansas City authorities, who picked Crocker up at the address provided.

The combination of several felony warrants and the fact that Crocker is a convicted sex offender led deputies to fly to Kansas City.

“We’ve been looking for him for a long time,” Pugh said. “The fact that he has felony warrants and is a convicted sex offender, who did not register, is reason enough for deputies to fly to pick him up.”

Crocker now faces three class-c felonies on three charges of theft of property second degree. If he is convicted of just one of the charges, he could face one year and a day to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.

Crocker marks the sixth person captured on the most recent Selma’s most wanted list.

Authorities are still looking for four more suspects — Frank “Happy” Carter, wanted for first-degree kidnapping; Frank Deville, wanted for sexual abuse in the first degree; Steven Romage, wanted for theft of property in the second degree; and Marcus Durry, wanted for theft of property in the second degree.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals, authorities ask you to contact them.

You can call the police department at 874-6611 or the Secret Witness Line at 874-2190 or Crime Stoppers at 877-3530. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Crime Stoppers and the Secret Witness Line are both anonymous.