Waskom’s Public Library has been getting a new face-lift, with a bright decorative exterior and unique artistic additions gracing the interior. The quiet tranquility of the Waskom Library, for the children, residents of all ages, as a place to meet and for corporate get-togethers, was disrupted today in a startling way.
At approximately 3:30 PM, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Library Board was meeting and the staff briefly left the front desk. At the same time, two young men have been lingering in the computer area. They had applied for library cards just one day earlier, possibly casing the place and observing where the petty cash was kept.
After the library’s board meeting concluded, the two males were gone. Along with them, gone was the library’s petty cash. The library register has been apparently rifled and approximately $40.00 dollars went missing. Library officials immediately called the Waskom PD.
Waskom Police Chief, Westy Meisenheimer, responded and sprang into action. Within 10 minutes, both suspects were apprehended. One of them turned out to be a repeat offender, Perry Lewis Brown, Jr., 19. The second male is a juvenile and his name is being withheld for that reason.
Brown is a convicted felon, whose previous apprehension included a car chase, car wreck and an on-foot manhunt. Brown is a suspect in multiple burglaries and auto thefts. He is also a suspect in domestic violence with a charge of aggravated assault.
The funds taken from the library, in the amount of $46.00 dollars, have been recovered during the booking and search of the suspects. Brown’s body search revealed the stashed cash in an unprintable location.
Brown is out on bond and is facing multiple charges from previous criminal excursions and break-ins in the Waskom area and Harrison County. Waskom Police Chief Westy Meisenheimer said that Waskom PD will continue its investigation.