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September 23, 2014

Possible Police Impersonator

Poss Impersonator

The Cleburne Police Department has received information regarding a white Ford Crown Victoria with a light bar making or attempting to make traffic stops in the area. We believe the vehicle conducted a traffic stop in mid-August in the 1700 block of East Henderson. However, this was reported by a passer-by and we have not located the actual vehicle that may have been pulled over.

Recently, the suspect vehicle flashed the light bar at pedestrians on Woodard.

Again, the vehicle is described as a solid white older model Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicle may have been, at one time, a police car. The vehicle has a light bar with red/blue lights on the top and either a magnetic sign or letters on the door that say “Police” or “Cleburne Police”.

“We want to make the public aware of the possibility of this vehicle being in our city”, said PIO Kelly Summey.  “The Cleburne Police Department has no Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles in service. The vehicles utilized by our patrol officers are Dodge Chargers, Chevrolet Tahoes and Honda motorcycles. Our patrol vehicles are black and white or solid black with blue markings.”

Investigators with the Cleburne Police Department have ruled out local law enforcement agencies which drive similar vehicles.

We are asking for the public’s help in identifying this vehicle and the driver. If you see a vehicle matching this description, please call 9-1-1. If you suspect you are being pulled over by a police imposter, put your hazards on, drive slowly to a public place and call 9-1-1. Let the operator know where you are and they will verify if you are being pulled over by a real police officer.

February 7, 2014

The Cleburne Police Department has made an arrest and seized equipment used in recent counterfeit money cases that have been reported in Cleburne.

After discussions with several surrounding agencies, the investigation, led by Detective D. Ney, resulted in the identification Marcelino Galindo, Jr, a 46 year old man from the Johnson County area. He is alleged to be the suspect who passed the majority of the counterfeit bills.

At approximately 3:00 am today, Galindo’s vehicle was spotted in Cleburne. Galindo was located and arrested. A search led to the discovery of the equipment officers allege Galindo used to make the fake money and counterfeit bills.

Marcelino Galindo, Jr. was booked at the Johnson County LEC for Forgery with a $50,000 bond.

Kelly Summey, Public Information Officer for the Cleburne Police Department, said other area agencies also have active cases involving counterfeit money and more charges are expected.

“This arrest was facilitated by the great teamwork of the investigators identifying the suspect to the patrol officers who located him,” Summey said.

Businesses are urged to continue their efforts to identify counterfeit money and report it to local law enforcement.

January 29, 2014

The Cleburne Police Department has taken several reports of counterfeit $5 and $10 bills being circulated at businesses in Cleburne.  The $10 bills bear the serial numbers JH41882074A or JH41882074.  The $5 bills bear serial number IC04624670B or IK77310914B.  There has also been a report of counterfeit $20 bills bearing serial number JL11820410.

Although these counterfeit bills look real, they feel different, do not have the embedded security strips and markings, and can easily be identified by the serial number or the use of a security pen.  Businesses are urged to inspect all $5, $10 and $20 bills used by customers to identify them as real or counterfeit.  In the event your business receives one of these counterfeit bills, contact the Cleburne Police Department at 817/645-0972.

December 27, 2013

On Friday, December 27, 2013 at approximately 9:27 a.m., a disturbance occurred at 115 S. Front St. in Cleburne.  This location is a scrap metal sales business.  The suspect initially attempted to use a forged document to increase a scrap metal sale.  When the owners of the business learned this, the suspect left, but the owner was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle.  The owner called the police department.  The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Lancaster, Texas. 

The suspect returned at approximately 11:45 a.m. and was attempting to present another forged document. When confronted, the suspect attempted to run over several employees at the business.  The police department responded.  The suspect fled in the vehicle.  The suspect led police on a pursuit that went through Cleburne, Keene and into the county.  The vehicle wrecked at the intersection of FM 2280 and FM 917 in unincorporated Johnson County.  The suspect fled on foot.  After a short foot chase, the suspect was apprehended. 

The suspect was identified as Aarin Freelen, a 25 year old male from Paris, Texas.  His girlfriend was identified as Stephanie Carter, a 31 year old female from Paris Texas, who was originally with Freelen in the vehicle.  She was abandoned at the business and ran over by Freelen.  

Freelen was arrested and charged with several offenses including evading arrest in a vehicle, forgery, fraudulent use of identifying information, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle.  Carter was charged with Forgery and Fail to identify.  They are both being booked in the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center.

July 19, 2013

We are continuing to see scammers take advantage of our residents. Please pass this information along!

BE CAUTIOUS using dating websites! Foreign nationals are utilizing dating websites to take advantage of those looking for a relationship. The scammers usually convince the victim that they are Americans who are working jobs in other countries such as... Malaysia, Ghana or other locations. They use fake photographs and prepaid cell phones. At some point during the "relationship", the suspects inform their victims that they are in some type of trouble. They will eventually have the victim send them money or pick up electronics from Best Buy or Walmart that have been purchased online. The purchases have been made by stolen credit cards. They then ask the victim to ship these items overseas. Be advised, these scammers are incredibly patient and may wait weeks to request money. In the meantime, the victims feel as though they are in a committed relationship with the scammer. The scammers primarily target older individuals, but anyone could be a potential victim. You should NEVER pick up merchandise, ship items overseas, or send money to anyone you only know online.

Second, we have had reports of subjects calling residents unsolicited identifying themselves as "Microsoft Technicians". They will attempt to gain access to your computer to "resolve" problems. The victims should terminate the phone calls immediately. Microsoft and other reputable companies will not call you unsolicited. As always, never give out your personal information to anyone who calls you unsolicited.

Press Release - July 18, 2013

The Cleburne Police Department has launched its new Online Reporting System. Cleburne residents can now file police reports using this new system. You can report lost property, theft, criminal mischief, vandalism, identity theft and more. Go to and search “Online Reporting”. You will be directed the page that specifies the guidelines for filing an online report.

Chief Rob Severance said, “We are excited about being able to offer our citizens the convenience of submitting a report immediately and printing a copy for free.”

“We were looking for a way to use technology to maximize our available resources and make more time for our officers to proactively patrol our streets and neighborhoods,” said Sgt. Shane Wickson, chairman of CPD’s Police Technology Team.