Man Convicted of Felony Theft

Vernon, Texas - A Vernon man was convicted of third degree felony theft and sentenced to the maximum punishment following a two day trial in the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County.

Jurors took less than thirty minutes to find Calvillo guilty of the charge on Wednesday morning and took even less time to assess the maximum punishment for the theft that occurred on August 25, 2014.

On that date, the victim of the theft drove to a residence on Buffalo Street in Vernon to visit with carpenters that were working on her father's house. She left her purse, including a Rolex watch, inside her unlocked automobile. She was only away from the vehicle for ten to fifteen minutes but that was long enough for Calvillo to steal the purse and watch.

The next day, August 26, 2014, Calvillo showed up at both Balser's Jewelry and Conkling Jewelry in Vernon seeking an appraisal on the watch. Neither jeweler offered to purchase the watch and they told police that they were very suspicious of how Calvillo came to be in possession of the watch. After leaving the jewelers, Calvillo went to CashMax to try and sell the watch.

The CashMax employee was suspicious and refused to purchase the watch. She informed police that Calvillo had left the location in a hunter green Toyota Camry. Detective Jody Polvado of the Vernon Police Department made an investigative stop of Calvillo's vehicle and located the watch and a stolen credit card. Additionally, police searched the trash can outside of Calvillo's home and they found the victims drivers license and additional credit cards.

At the punishment phase of the trial, District Attorney Staley Heatly introduced judgments showing that Calvillo had five prior felony convictions and numerous misdemeanor convictions for theft.  The punishment range for the theft was between two and ten years in prison.

Calvillo was represented by Earl Griffin of Childress and Trish Byars of Vernon. District Attorney Staley Heatly prosecuted the case while District Judge Dan Mike Bird presided over the proceedings and assessed the sentence.