Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Crime Stoppers Offers Cash Reward to Apprehend Murder Suspect

Cleto Vasquez III (9/1/1962) Wanted in Nueces County for Murder
Cleto Vasquez III
(9/1/1962)
Wanted in Nueces County for Murder

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information which leads to the capture of 52-year-old Cleto Vasquez (9/1/1962). Vasquez has a warrant for his arrest out of Nueces County for Murder. Vasquez is accused of killing 33-year-old Daniel Torres over the July 4th weekend in Robstown this year. The warrants service section of the  Nueces County Sheriff’s Office would like help from the public to locate Vasquez.

Vasquez is described as a 52-year-old man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 150 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. Vasquez has been seen in Corpus Christi in 2013 at the 3200 block of South Port and his last known address was on the 4500 block of Pecos Street in Robstown.

Anyone with any information which can lead law enforcement to locate Vasquez should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees anonymity to anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Man Steals Purse From Woman As She Pumps Fuel

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015: 18:59
Location: 1303 Third Street
Offense: Burglary of a Vehicle (Penal Code Section 30.04) Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1507230125

Corpus Christi Police are investigating a Burglary case in which a man stole a purse from the front seat of a car while a 73-year-old woman pumped fuel in the car at a convenience store located at 1303 Third Street on July 23rd.

A 73-year-old woman stopped to buy fuel at about 7pm on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015. While the woman stood on the driver’s side of the vehicle to put fuel into her white, 2015 Lexus, a man walked up to the vehicle on the passenger side, opened the front passenger side door, and took the woman’s purse from inside the vehicle. The man then closed the door, walked in front of the vehicle past the woman to a dark-colored vehicle parked on the other side of the fuel pump. The man placed the purse in the dark-colored vehicle, got into the drivers seat, and drove away. The woman finished pumping fuel, entered her vehicle and discovered the purse gone.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives assigned to the Auto Theft Task Force obtained video of the actual crime in progress and have made the video available for the public to view to ask for help to identify the suspect.

Detectives have obtained an image of a man and woman who are not suspects in this crime, but Detectives believe the man and woman may have information valuable to this case, so Detectives would like to speak to the man and woman.

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Anyone who can identify this thief who stole the purse from the 73-year-old woman, or anyone who has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Man Steals Camera From Seafood Market

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Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 3:30am
Location: 9810 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft (Penal Code Section 31.03) Class B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1507170127

Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify a man accused of stealing a surveillance video camera from the entrance to a Seafood Market on July 15, 2015.

Detectives have video of the man as he walked up the walkway to the camera and took the camera without permission. The suspect is  described as a male about 5`8 to 5`10 tall weighing approximately 150lbs to 200lbs, 30-40 years of age, wearing blue jeans shorts and a white short sleeve shirt, white cap, black shoes and had a red mustache and red facial hair.

Anyone who can identify this person or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Two Men Steal Metal From Grocery Store

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Location: 5425 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft of Metal (Penal Code Section 31.03) State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1507080089

The Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate two men who stole about $2,000 dollars worth of metal from a grocery store located at 5425 South Padre Island Drive on July 8, 2015.

Detectives received video on July 13m 2015 which the Detectives noticed the two Offenders are male, but it is not clear what race/ethnicity they are as the camera is positioned at too great a distance. According to Detectives, both men appear to be about 20 to 30 years of age. The Detectives say there are two suspect vehicles involved, one of which appears to be an older model 2 door Chevy Trailblazer, Gray in color. The second is an older model White Dodge Ram 1500 extra cab.

Anyone who can identify these men, or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect Robs Grocery Store

DATE: July 23, 2015
LOCATION: 2006 Mussett Street
OFFENSE: Aggravated Robbery
P.C. 29.03   First Degree Felony
CASE NUMBER:
1507230070
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe robbed the Las Palmas Grocery Store, located at 2006 Musset Street, Thursday afternoon.

The owner of the store reported to Officers that a black male suspect approached the sales counter as if he was going to make a purchase. The suspect then reached in his pocket, and pulled out a black knife and he grabbed the store owner by the shirt. The suspect then reached over the counter and got money out of the open cash register.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white shirt and a short billed black cap that was on backwards. He also had a black backpack on.

The suspect in this case has not been identified and Detectives need your help in solving this crime. Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect at counter of store

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Suspect at counter of store

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Suspect at counter of store

Suspect Sought In Purse Snatching

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015         1:40 PM
Location: 1240 South Port Avenue

Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 1507200087
Corpus Christ Police Detectives have released camera images of a suspect that they believe committed a purse snatching in front of the CVS Pharmacy located at 1240 South Port Avenue on July 20.

A 71 year old female told Officers that just outside the store entrance a man approached her and asked if he could have some change. When the female went to look into her purse, the man pushed her and then grabbed the handle of her bag. He forcefully took the purse from the female and took off running.

The female was not injured.

Camera images of the suspect were obtained by the CVS while the male suspect was inside the store just prior to this crime.

The male suspect was last seen wearing black jean shorts, an orange short sleeve shirt with white stripes.  He had short dark brown hair with facial hair and a goatee.

The suspect in this case has not been identified and Detectives need your help in solving this crime. Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect walking through store.

Help Us Catch These Two Guys

Date: 7/15/2015            5:40 PM
Location: 5000 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1507150099

Corpus Christ Police Detectives have released camera images of two suspects they believe committed a theft at the Academy Store located at 5001 South Padre Island Drive on July 15.

Store employees told Officers that they observed two males walk into the store and they picked up a duffel bag off of the shelf. The two males then started putting clothes into the large bag.

When store employees approached the two suspects they ran out of the fire exit door with the unpaid for merchandise. Store employees chased the two males who ran toward Williams Street. While they were running, they dropped the duffel bag.

The duffel bag that was dropped by the men was recovered. It had 39 items inside and the merchandise was valued at over $1,700.

The suspects both appear to be young Hispanic males and they were both last seen getting  into a red Chevrolet HHR.

The suspects in this case have not been located and Detectives need your help in identifying these two individuals. Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Detectives Obtain Warrant For Indecency with a Child

Update:
The Corpus Christi Police Detectives assigned a burglary case last November obtained an arrest warrant for 37-year-old Scott King (6/3/1977) for Indecency with a Child, a second degree felony with a $75,000 dollar bond. The arrest warrant was obtained from Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Joe Benavides. The United States Marshal’s Service arrested King and delivered him to the Nueces County Jail.
King was in the house when Officers arrived and Officers were told there was a stranger who forced entry into the home. The Officers found no evidence to support any person from outside had entered the home prior to law enforcement arrival, and Detectives gathered information and evidence to support an accusation against King for criminal conduct. Detectives obtained the warrant and King was arrested. The original information released to the public which appeared in a patrol report for November 6, 2014 is:

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Date: 11/06/2014        12:20 AM
Location: 6300 Oso Parkway
Offense: Investigation of Burglary and Assault
Case Number: 1411060005
A 29-year-old mother called Corpus Christi Police after she was awoken by her 10-year-old daughter who told her that someone had been in her bedroom.

The daughter said that she woke to find a man standing by her bed.  The man fled, and the daughter ran to her mother’s room and told her.  The mother then went to wake the child’s father who was sleeping in another room in the house.

The parents contacted police, and officers arrived to investigate.  It is unknown how the suspect made it into the home since no forced entry was found.  The child was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital. Corpus Christ Police continue to investigate this case and no suspects have been arrested.

CCPD Makes Arrest Involving Amber Alert

Date: 07/09/2015       12:10 PM
Location: 3700 South Staples Street
Offense: Kidnapping Warrant / Amber Alert
Case Number: 1507090063
The Alice Police Department issued an Amber Alert just after 11:30 AM regarding a 7 year old male that had been abducted from their city.  It was also relayed to law enforcement that the suspect involved, Channing Eloy Galbraith (01/06/1986), was now wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for kidnapping the child. Further information was relayed on the Amber Alert that the suspect was driving a white, 2009, Dodge, Avenger four door car.

At 12:08 PM an employee at the Papa Murphy’s Pizza, located at 4020 Weber Road, in the Hamlin Shopping Center called Corpus Christi Police to report that she saw the vehicle parked in the parking lot.  Officers arrived just as the vehicle was exiting the parking lot and turning onto South Staples Street. They were able to stop the car and take the suspect into custody in the parking lot of CCFD Fire Station 7, located at 3722 South Staples Street.

The Officers were able to secure the child, and he did not appear to suffer any injuries. The child was transported to Driscoll Children’s Hospital by Detectives as a precaution.

The suspect was taken to CCPD  to await the arrival of Detectives from  the Alice Police Department.  The suspect will appear before a  magistrate in Nueces County  before being transported back to Jim Wells County.

Police Want Public Help to Catch Fugitive for Arson

Valerie Vela (July 2, 1981) Wanted for Arson
Valerie Vela (July 2, 1981)
Wanted for Arson

The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a fugitive who is wanted for arson. Valerie Vela (7/2/1981) has a warrant for her arrest for Arson and her last known address was on the 500 block of Elmore Drive in Corpus Christi. Vela is described as a 34-year-old female, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds, with brown hair that extends past her shoulders, and brown eyes.

Anyone who can help law enforcement to locate Vela should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity of the caller secret and if the information leads to Vela’s arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.