On October 15, 2020, at approximately 4:00 AM, Hays County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 13700 Block of Ranch Rd. 12, the Wimberley Square, to a suspicious vehicle call.
Upon arrival, deputies ran the license plate which returned stolen out of Austin.
The deputies contacted the sleeping occupant identified as Dionne Episcopo from Austin, TX.
Deputies were able to see inside of the vehicle and observed numerous items fitting the description of items that had been stolen in a Burglary of a Habitation that occurred on October 14, 2020, in the Wimberley area.
Episcopo was arrested for possession of the stolen license plates and transported to the Hays County Jail.
Hays County Sheriff’s Detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. The items located were confirmed to have been stolen and returned to the owner.
The burglary is still under investigation. While conducting the search, Detectives also located a bag containing over 70 forms of identification such as W-2s, driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, etc., belonging to numerous different victims, narcotics, and forged checks.
Additional arrest warrants are pending for Episcopo for Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information =>50, a First Degree Felony; Forgery of a Financial Instrument, a State Jail Felony; Tampering with a Government Record, a State Jail Felony; and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Third Degree Felony.
Furthermore, on October 16, 2020, a Burglary of a Vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Oak Drive Wimberley, TX that occurred on October 14, 2020.
A surveillance video was obtained of the suspect. A warrant for Episcopo for Burglary of a Vehicle, a Class A Misdemeanor, was obtained and is pending.
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler wishes to thank the deputies and detectives for their tireless work and extends his gratitude to the diligence of the citizens in Hays County. Another fine example of the citizens and officers working together.
If residents have been a victim or have information regarding these burglaries, contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896.
Residents can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-324-8466 or submit information on-line to Tip Line P3tips.com as well as submit a tip on the new Hays County Sheriff’s Office App.