Local Burglary Suspect Released Recently from Oklahoma Hospital; Apprehended in Lubbock

March 13, 2018

A 43-year-old Seminole woman accused of being associated with a recent rash of burglaries locally could soon be back in the custody of Gaines County Law Enforcement officials, after being on the lam for a brief period following her release from an Oklahoma hospital.

Seminole Police Dept. Chief Bernie Kraft confirmed on Monday that Jennifer Jo Herrera, 43, was recently apprehended in Lubbock after being released from an Oklahoma hospital for an unspecified medical issue.

“We learned the hospital had released her recently, but failed to contact law enforcement of her release, citing HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws,” said Kraft in a Monday afternoon telephone interview with the Seminole Sentinel.

Herrera, along with fellow Seminole residents Shelly Ann Kelly, 37, and Calronaldo Matthew Davila, 39, were arrested in Wuarika, Okla., last month on SPD warrants related to several early February burglaries to businesses within the Seminole community.

Jennifer Herrera, 43, Seminole

Upon Herrera’s recent release from the unidentified Oklahoma hospital, SPD officers learned through information provided through the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office of her whereabouts, which lead to her Lubbock County arrest.

Herrera, who was arrested by Lubbock Police Dept. officials, was apprehended on the evening of March 10, according to Lubbock County Detention Center jail records. The records showed Herrera had no listed attorney and was an active inmate at the facility as of presstime Tuesday.

According to local law enforcement officials, both Kelly and Davila remain incarcerated at the Jefferson County (Oklahoma) Jail, located in Jefferson County, Okla., just across the Red River from Wichita Falls.

No timetable was released on when the three Seminole residents would be extradited back to Gaines County for their local charges.

The three individuals are each facing three counts each of Burglary of a Building and one count each of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for their alleged involvement in the early February burglaries in Seminole.

The trio was discovered by Jefferson County, Oklahoma law enforcement officials after a stolen silver-colored, 2010 Chevrolet Suburban believed to be connected with the recent business burglaries, was located in Wuarika, Okla.

“This remains an active case at this time, but we believe these individuals are the one’s involved in the (early February) business burglaries here in Seminole,” said Kraft.

In early Feburary, SPD placed Seminole business owners on notice of awareness after the department had responded to six business burglary investigations.

“(On) February 12th, there were three business burglaries reported to the Department,” said Chief Bernie Kraft with the SPD in the press release, adding the locations of the burglaries occurred in the 400 block of N. Main St., 700 block of N. Main St. and 500 block of E. US 180 (Lamesa Hwy).

“Mainly food was taken from two of the burglaries, but a vehicle was taken from the third reported burglary,” said Kraft.

According to the press release, the stolen vehicle is described as being a silver-colored, 2010 Chevrolet Suburban, with a temporary tag.

An additional report of three more business burglaries, reported in the 200 Blk. W. Avenue A, 200 SW B Avenue and 800 Blk of S. Main in the hours following the SPD’s initial Feb. 12 press release.

Sentinel Staff Report

Calronaldo Davila, 39, of Seminole

Shelly Kelly, 39, of Seminole


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