2 Tyler men accused of stealing bicycles from Walmart store in Paris

Paris police suburbanTwo Tyler men were taken into custody in connection with the theft of two bicycles from the Walmart story in Paris, police spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

An investigation revealed that Joshua Don McDowell, 26, and Derrik Wayne Springer, 33, rolled two bicycles out of Walmart without paying for them, Garrett said.

Both were charged with theft over $50 and under $1,500, but McDowell’s charges were later enhanced to a felony when it was discovered he had two prior convictions for theft under $1,500.

Both were taken to the Lamar County Jail, where bond was set at $5,000 for McDowell and at $1,000 for Springer. Both were released a short time later after they made bond.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra



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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.