Undercover police surveillance may have paid off Monday night after a man in possession of burglary tools was chased from the Coliseum parking lot and arrested, TCU Police said.David Lee Sherman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest and/or detention and possession of a controlled substance, said TCU Police Chief Steven McGee.
TCU Detective Vicki Lawson, who was working undercover Monday night, said she observed a white Ford Explorer without a TCU parking permit enter the Coliseum lot around 8:20 p.m.
After following the vehicle through the parking lot, Lawson said, she saw the driver back into a dimly lit spot and turn the vehicle off. Lawson said she could not see any visible license plates. After witnessing the suspect ducking behind the steering wheel, she said she decided to call for backup.
TCU Police entered the area as Sherman was leaving the lot, Lawson said.
“Basically (Sherman) did not pull over when TCU Police first tried to stop (him), (he) ran, and after a brief pursuit, we got (him) stopped,” McGee said.
Two Fort Worth police were called in for assistance because Sherman was not within the jurisdiction of TCU Police they and arrested him, McGee said.
When Sherman’s car was investigated, he was found to be carrying two large bottles of Vicodin with the prescription name scratched off the front, as well as car burglarizing tools, such as a center punch, wire cutters, screw drivers, wiring cable, RCA jacks and speaker and cable accessories, Lawson said.
McGee said no cars were actually broken into Monday night.
Sherman’s criminal history was not available at the time of publication.
Sherman’s case was filed with the District Attorney’s office. His bail is set at $10,000 for the controlled substances and $2,500 for evading arrest and/or detention, McGee said.
A Fort Worth police lieutenant said Sherman had been transferred to Mansfield Jail early Tuesday morning.