Sleeping suspect tied to multiple thefts

Staff Report

WIMBERLEY — The discovery of a sleeping suspect inside a vehicle with stolen license plates parked on rhe Wimberley Square earlier this month has led one arrest and the recovery of multiple stolen items.

Much of that property has now been returned to its rightful owners, the Hays County Sheriff’ Office said in a news release.

Authorities were alerted to the suspicious vehicle around 4 a.m. on Oct. 15, and a residential burglary in the Wimberley area had been reported the day before. Arrested for possession of the stolen license plates was Dionne Episcopo, 38, ofAustin.

While conducting a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered more stolen property including a bag containing more than 70 forms of identification like W-2s. drivers licene, social security cards and passports belonging to various individuals along with narcotics and forged checks.

Additional arrest warrants were to be filed on Episcopo for first degree felony fraudulent possession of identifying information and lesser charges.

She was eventually also charged with burglary of a vehicle in connection with a vehicular burglary that occurred Oct. 16 after she was seen on surveillance video. 

Episcopo was released later on Oct. 15 on a personal recognizance bond.

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