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Police arrest woman suspected of booster club theft

December 6, 2018

A Friendswood woman has been arrested on a theft charge following a months-long investigation into money reported stolen from the Friendswood High School Mustangs Booster Club.

A Galveston County grand jury indicted Kimberly Anne Nemetz, 48, also known as Kimberly Halata, for felony theft on Nov. 29, police said.

She was released Dec. 3 on a $20,000 bond, according to a police department Facebook post.

Theft of the money was reported in August.

Here are some other crimes and incidents reported recently by Friendswood police.

Burglary

A purse was stolen from a vehicle Dec. 2 in the 200 block of East Heritage Drive, police said. The victim parked her vehicle at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church Family Life Center and left her purse under the front passenger seat, according to the report. At 6:50 p.m., she learned her vehicle’s front passenger-side window was smashed, police said.

Theft

A ladder was stolen from the side of a trailer Nov. 28 at Hut Mobile Home Park, 110 Woodlawn Drive, police said. Another resident reported the theft of a miter saw and air compressor, according to the report.

Fraud

A Friendswood resident noted suspicious activity on his Amazon and PayPal accounts and flagged them for fraud, according to a Nov. 26 police report. He canceled the accounts but then received text messages from an unknown person who warned him about the hack and suggested he let the suspect get the items since they were from sources that would refund him, police said.

A Friendswood woman discovered 11 fraudulent online purchases made with her debit card after receiving a call from her bank, according to a Nov. 27 police report.

A Chase account was created online using a Friendswood resident’s personal information, according to a Nov. 27 police report. The victim allegedly received a debit card with his name on it in the mail but did not activate it. Two weeks later, he received a bank statement with a negative balance associated with the card, police said.

A Walgreens customer told police someone fraudulently picked up her prescription at the 104 E. Parkwood Ave. location, according to a Nov. 27 police report. The suspect was a white female driving a white Ford Mustang, police said.

A counterfeit $100 bill was passed Nov. 30 at the H-E-B gas station at 701 W. Parkwood Ave., police said. H-E-B employees said this is the second time the same suspect has passed counterfeit money, according to the report. The suspect, who allegedly asked the cashier for change, was described as a black man, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. He had a full beard and was wearing a dark ball cap and a purple or blue Texas T-shirt, police said. He was driving a small black or dark gray four-door vehicle with a Texas paper tag 10667H1, according to the report.

Assault

Police charged a 21-year-old League City man with assault, family violence after he reportedly engaged in a struggle with his stepfather Dec. 2 in the 900 block of High Ridge Circle. The stepfather allegedly insisted the stepson use Uber or stay at the residence due to his level of intoxication. The assault occurred during a struggle over car keys, police said.

Police issued a warrant Dec. 2 for the arrest of a Friensdwood man, 51, accused of assaulting his 78-year-old father at the father’s home in the 3700 block of Townes Forest Road. Officers reportedly searched for the suspect throughout the day Dec. 2 but were unable to find him. The suspect faces charges of injury to an elderly person, police said.

A Friendswood man, 19, was charged with assault, family violence after he reportedly assaulted his mother Dec. 2 in the 500 block of Avondale Drive, police said. It was the man’s second family violence incident in 90 days, according to the report.

Criminal mischief

Tires were slashed on two vehicles parked in the 200 block of East Castle Harbour Drive, according to a Nov. 27 police report.

Narcotics

Police charged a Webster man, 27, with possession of a dangerous drug after a traffic stop for an insurance violation Dec. 1 in the 1500 block of East Winding Way. The officer found oxycodone and tiagabine hydrochloride during a vehicle search, police said. Bond was set at $1,500.

A Hitchcock man, 24, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for failure to signal a turn Dec. 1 in the 17400 block of Fife Lane, police said. He reportedly had a suspended driver’s license and an open container of alcohol on the floorboard. An officer found eight Adderall capsules during a vehicle search, according to the report.

Police charged a Texas City man, 27, with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for a license plate violation Dec. 2 in the 100 block of Whispering Pines Avenue. The officer reportedly found a small, hand-rolled marijuana cigarette and three straws containing cocaine residue during a search.

Driving while intoxicated

Police charged a Baytown man, 24, with DWI after a traffic stop for speeding Nov. 27 in the 3000 block of West Bay Area Boulevard. He failed a field sobriety test and was incapable of providing a breath specimen, police said.

A Friendswood man, 57, was charged with DWI and unlawfully carrying weapons after a witness reported a reckless driver Dec. 2 on South Friendswood Drive near Willowick Avenue. Police found the suspect vehicle in the 1400 block of South Friendswood Drive, according to the report. The driver failed a field sobriety test and agreed to provide a breath specimen, police said. Bond was set at $3,000.

Police charged a Pearland woman, 43, with DWI and failure to notify an owner upon striking a fixed object after a minor crash Dec. 3 in the 600 block of East Edgewood Drive. She allegedly went over a curb and struck a guardrail. Before officers arrived, a witness reported that the suspect left the scene of the accident on foot with another person, police said. An officer found them in the 100 block of Imperial Drive, according to the report. Police charged the second person, a 37-year-old Houston man, with public intoxication.

Traffic

A Pasadena man, 25, was charged with driving while license invalid Nov. 27 in the 3300 block of FM 528, police said. His vehicle did not have insurance coverage, and he had outstanding warrants in Alvin and Pearland, according to the report.

Police charged an Alvin woman, 40, with no insurance Nov. 28 in the 100 block of West Edgewood Drive.

Police charged a 34-year-old Alvin man with driving while license invalid after a traffic stop for an insurance violation Nov. 29 in the 3000 block of West Bay Area Boulevard.

A Friendswood woman, 33, was charged with following too closely and failure to signal a lane change Dec. 1 in the 300 block of East Parkwood Avenue, police said.

Police charged a Deer Park woman, 27, with no driver’s license and no insurance Dec. 1 in the 1800 block of FM 528.

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