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Police: Thief snags wallet, goes shopping

January 31, 2019

Authorities are looking for a suspect who allegedly used a stolen credit card Jan. 19 to purchase groceries and a restaurant meal.

A Friendswood woman discovered her wallet missing after she received a text alert regarding several transactions at H-E-B, 701 W. Parkwood Ave., police said. She told police she believes the theft occurred at her place of employment in League City.

Additional transactions occurred at Kroger, 3135 FM 528, and QQ Star China Cafe, 3141 FM 528, according to the report.

Police believe a photograph from H-E-B surveillance video shows the suspect.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 281-996-3300.

Police also recently investigated various reports of theft and fraud.

Theft

A resident in the 16400 block of Paint Rock Road found an open, empty package in her mailbox Dec. 21, according to a Jan. 21 police report.

A customer reported a shoplifter Jan. 15 at H-E-B, 701 W. Parkwood Ave., police said. The suspect, described as a white woman, about 40 years old and 5 feet 5 inches tall with long brown hair, was accompanied by a white man, about 6 feet tall and in his early 20s, according to the report. They allegedly stole an air filter, five Tide pods, Gain detergent and six Downy Unstoppables and drove a white, possibly newer model Camry, police said.

Fraud, forgery

A Friendswood man discovered an unauthorized purchase at Nike.com on his credit card, according to a Jan. 14 police report. He contacted his bank before the transaction was completed, police said.

A Friendswood woman’s credit union advised her of a fraudulent charge Jan. 14 at an ATM in New York, police said. The bank put a hold on the account and noted many more attempted but declined charges, according to the report.

A Friendswood man discovered a fraudulent account while checking his credit report, according to a Jan. 14 police report. The account was opened in December 2018 using his Social Security number, police said.

A Friendswood man discovered a policy with Elephant Auto Insurance had been opened using his identity when he received a letter regarding a past-due payment, according to a Jan. 15 police report. The man reportedly has never had an account with the company.

A Friendswood woman reported a forged check Jan. 16, police said. The check was cashed at a bank in Richmond, Virginia, according to the report.

Burglary

A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle Jan. 15 at Blue Marble Academy, 3001 W. Bay Area Blvd., police said. The victim reportedly left the purse in her vehicle while she picked up her brother at the day care. Within half an hour, her credit card was used at a Kroger on South Sam Houston Parkway, according to the report.

A vehicle burglary occurred Jan. 21 in the 16200 block of Barcelona Drive, police said. The vehicle’s hood latches had been dismantled, the keyhole had been punched out, and there were signs of tampering under the steering column, according to the report. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.

A home’s back door was kicked in and window panes were broken during a burglary reported Jan. 15 in the 1800 block of Parkview Drive, police said. The owner reported nothing missing.

Arson

Police are investigating reported arson and criminal mischief at Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, according to a Jan. 20 report. A city worker found a gutter pulled away from a wall as well as evidence of burned toilet paper in the men’s restroom sink, police said.

Narcotics

A Highlands man, 34, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Jan. 17 in the 3200 block of FM 528, police said. A police K-9 provided a positive alert for the presence of narcotics, and officers found a chrome socket containing burned marijuana during a vehicle search, according to the report.

Police charged a Taylor Lake Village man, 28, with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop Jan. 18 in the 3500 block of FM 528. An officer reportedly found methamphetamine and a syringe during a vehicle search. The man also had a Brazoria County felony warrant, police said.

Police charged a Friendswood woman, 45, with possession of a controlled substance Jan. 20. A passenger in an allegedly stolen vehicle stopped in the 600 block of South Friendswood Drive, she was found in possession of 8.4 grams of methamphetamine, police said. She also had warrants out of Freestone and Madison counties. Bond was set at $20,000.

An Alvin man, 33, was charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop for expired registration Jan. 21 in the 200 block of East Parkwood Avenue, police said. His driver’s license was suspended and he did not have insurance, according to the report. An officer reportedly found marijuana, a pipe and rolling papers during a vehicle search. Bond was set at $1,000.

Police charged a Bay City man, 41, with possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly was observed driving 15 mph under the speed limit and weaving onto the shoulder Jan. 15 in the 100 block of Whispering Pines Avenue. The officer noted a cigarillo containing marijuana on the center console, and a vehicle search yielded nine tabs of Klonopin inside the center console, according to the report. The passenger, a 34-year-old Bay City man, had a scale and methamphetamine residue in his backpack and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Driving while intoxicated

A Friendswood woman, 37, was charged with DWI after an officer observed her crossing the solid white line and driving on the shoulder Jan. 16 in the 2200 block of West Parkwood Avenue, police said. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test.

Weapons

Police charged a Houston man, 23, with unlawful carrying of a weapon after he allegedly ran a red light Jan. 17 in the 700 block of West Parkwood Avenue. A vehicle search yielded a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, a gun, a grinder and marijuana, police said. Bond was set at $1,500.

Traffic

Police charged a Houston man, 43, with no driver’s license after a traffic stop for a license plate violation Jan. 17 in the 4500 block of FM 2351.

Police charged a Pearland man, 36, with failure to stop and give information after a minor crash Jan. 21 in the 100 block of East Parkwood Avenue. He reportedly pushed his vehicle into a nearby parking lot and left on foot without providing information to the other drivers. An off-duty police officer was able to get a photograph of the man and provided it to responding officers, according to the report. About an hour later, the man was found walking in the 1500 block of South Friendswood Drive, muddy and in possession of the key to the vehicle left at the accident scene, police said. Bond was set at $1,000.

A Friendswood man, 22, was charged with no driver’s license after a traffic stop for multiple lane changes without signaling Jan. 17 in the 2800 block of West Bay Area Boulevard, police said. The passenger, a 70-year-old Houston man, had an active parole violation warrant and was arrested, according to the report.

Other

Friendswood Junior High School officials confiscated two vaping devices from two 13-year-old boys in a campus bathroom, according to a Jan. 17 police report. The devices were turned over to the school resource officer, and both students will receive a summons to appear in municipal court, police said.

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