Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

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.

Don’t Let Scammers Have Your Money

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about scams occurring over the phone that request money.

The police department continues to investigate reports from victims that send “money grams” to suspects who call them over the phone with a scam.  A MoneyGram is an electronic money transfer sent from one party to another through the MoneyGram network. The sending party can initiate a money transfer online or in person from any MoneyGram location. The receiving party is then able to collect the transfer as cash.

The suspects who call usually request that the victims purchase a “money gram” and then send them the information.  Once the victim gives the suspect the money gram information they are able to obtain cash. Victims are not able to get a refund on these types of purchases.

The suspects use different types of the following scams to get money from victims.

The Grant Scam.  A suspect will call a victim and tell them that they have been awarded a grant in a large amount of money.  The scammer will then tell them that they need to send a “money gram” in order to process the grant and have it awarded to them.  In one report a women sent over $3000 in different amounts in hopes of securing a $9000 grant from scammers.  She was called several different times in a few days and told to send “money grams” to various people in different amounts.  After sending the money, she was never awarded the grant

The Prize Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you have won a prize and in order to claim the prize you will need to send them money.

The IRS Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service and to avoid being arrested by the IRS you will need to send them money.

The Relative Scam: A scammer will call telling you that they are a relative and that they have been injured, jailed or kidnapped and need you to send them money.

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city and remind people to protect their money.  Do not send money grams to anyone who has contacted you over the phone without investigating who is receiving your money. Anytime anyone ask you to send them money to secure a grant, prize, or lottery winnings it is a scam.  The Internal Revenue Service will never contact you by phone to collect taxes owed. A formal letter will be sent to you or an IRS Agent will visit with you in person.  If a person claiming to be a relative calls you asking for a money gram to be sent to them for an emergency, contact other family members to try and verify this story and never make quick decisions without investigating for yourself.

Suspect Walks Out With Accordions

Date: 6/25/2015            2:05 PM
Location: 2701 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Felony Theft
P.C. 31.02        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1506250077

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect they believe stole two accordions valued at $6000 each from Clawson’s Music Store located at 2701 South Padre Island Drive on June 25 just after 2 PM.

Store employees told Officers that the man came into the store and asked to see both accordions.  When the employee left the man alone, and went to go ask store management about a price, the man grabbed both musical instruments and ran out the front door of the store without paying.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the store security system of the suspect.  He was last seen wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a ball cap.

The suspect in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying this individual.  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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Suspect looking at items

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Suspect walking out of store with items

Do You Know These Two Thieves?

Date: 6/15/2015            3:00 PM
Location: 5350 South Staples Street
Offense: Felony Theft
P.C. 31.02        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1506180028

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that they believe stole computer equipment from the New York Life business, located at 5350 South Staples Street, on June 15 at about 3 PM.

Employees at the business told Officers that the suspect with the red cap walks into the office, while the suspect with the blue cap is watching from outside.  The suspect with the red cap enters a hallway storage room inside of the office.  He is then seen a short time later walking out with two cases, one in each hand.  The two large silver metal cases each contained a laptop computer, a printer, a web camera, and a finger printing kit.  They are worth $5000. The suspect in the blue cap leaves the area following the male in the red cap.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the security camera system that shows both males enter the office front doors.  They were both wearing white t-shirts, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

The suspects in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying these 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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Suspect entering business office

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Suspects entering business office

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Suspect acting as look out

Police Investigate the 12th Homicide in 2015

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015, 16:39
Location: 1520 Arlington Drive
Offense: Murder (Penal Code Section 19.02)
Case Number: 151506260113

The Corpus Christi Police are investigating the twelfth homicide in 2015 after a dead man was found in an apartment located at 1520 Arlington Drive  Friday afternoon.

The Corpus Christi Police responded to a call for a welfare concern at 4:39pm Friday afternoon after a concerned person was not able to contact a particular man. The Officers worked with the Apartment maintenance crew and made entry into an apartment where the man was believed to be located and the Officers did find a man who may be about 43 years of age. Unfortunately, the Officers found the man had obvious injuries and the man was dead. The Officers believe the death was possibly the result of a criminal action, so the Officers made sure no other person was inside the apartment, then summoned Detectives to conduct an investigation as a homicide.

Detectives have contacted nearby people to ascertain more information about this death and presently do not have a suspect description to provide to the public. Detectives believe this is the twelfth homicide in Corpus Christi in 2015 and would like help from the public to learn more about what or who may have caused the death of this man.

Anyone who knows who may be responsible, or has any additional information about this death should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the callers identity secret and if the information results in a solution to the crime, it can earn the caller up to $2,500 in cash.

Update:
Corpus Christi Police Detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of Sean Beasely (10/26/1993) for murder related to this case. Beasely was in jail on an unrelated criminal charge at the time the warrant was obtained and the bond amount for the murder warrant was set at $500,000 dollars.

Investigators Want Public Help to Identify Remains Found On Beach

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A view of a plate surgically placed on the man’s spine in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s which Investigators hope will be the key to identify the man found in the Dunes.
Crime Scene Investigators from the Corpus Christi Police Department Ferensics Laboratory
Crime Scene Investigators from the Corpus Christi Police Department forensics Laboratory
Ric Ortiz, an investigator with the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office, sifts through the scene where the reamains of a man were discovered on Padre Island.
Ric Ortiz, an investigator with the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office, sifts through the scene where the remains of a man were discovered on Padre Island.

Date: 04/22/2015 7:35 PM
Location: Beach Access Road 4
Offense: Death Investigation
Case Number: 1504220132

The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office would like help from the public to identify the remains of a man discovered on the beach on April 22, 2015.

The Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released an image of the portion of the spine found with a plate that was surgically placed. Detectives have learned that the bones discovered April 22 are the remains of a man between the ages of 55 to 70 at the time of death, but have not been able to identify the man. Detectives hope that by releasing the image of the plate, someone may be able to provide information about a missing person who had such a surgery in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. Detectives believe the remains may have been in the dunes for as much as the past 25 years. The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined a cause of death as of June 25, 2015. Anyone who may know a person who had this type of surgery should call Detectives at 886-2840 to help identify the remains.

A 28-year-old man called Corpus Christi Police on April 22, 2015 after he found some human bones in the dunes  Beach Access Road 4 on Padre Island. The 28-year-old man directed Officers to the bones. The Nueces County Medical Examiner was called and he confirmed that the bones were human and that they had been there for a while.

Officers continue to work with the Medical Examiner to investigate if any crime has been committed. Detectives understand that some members of the public may want to provide information and stay anonymous which can be accomplished if they call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477).

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Offers Reward to Catch a Bank Robber

Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.
Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.
Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.
Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.
Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.
Crime Stoppers Wants help to identify this woman described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap.

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers are working with the San Antonio Crime Stoppers who would like help from the public to identify a woman who robbed the River City Federal Credit Union located at 610 Agusta, in San Antonio on June 17, 2015.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 12:40 pm, the unidentified woman entered the River City Federal Credit Union located at 610 Agusta, walked up to the teller station, brandished a knife, and gave  a note which demanded money. The Suspect took the money and calmly walked out the front double door and fled east from the Credit Union. The woman is described as a White, female, heavy build, wearing a black “Tap Out” style t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black baseball type cap. San Antonio Detectives believe the woman responsible for this robbery may be from the Corpus Christi area.

If you can identify this person, or have any additional information about this robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect Steals From Three Separate Stores

DATE: June 20-22, 2015
LOCATION: Corpus Christi Home Depot Stores
OFFENSE: Thefts
P.C. 31.03   Class A Misdemeanor
CASE NUMBER:
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Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe stole several power tools from three different Home Depot Stores in Corpus Christi.

The first theft occurred on June 19 at about 12:45 PM at the Home Depot located at 5041 South Padre Island Drive.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Makita Drill and bit set valued at $279.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

The second theft occurred on June 20 at about 2:55 PM at the Home Depot located at 4038 South Port Avenue.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee brand hammer and impact combination kit valued at $798.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on South Port Avenue

The third theft occurred on June 22 at 3 PM at the Home Depot located at 13202 Leopard Street. Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee drill kit valued at $399.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on Leopard Street

When Detectives reviewed surveillance video they determined that all three thefts appear to be committed by the same suspect.   The suspect is a Hispanic male, between 40 and 50 years of age.  He was wearing a light colored long sleeve button down shirt, blue jeans and light colored tennis shoes in all three thefts.  He is seen with a cap on in the theft that occurred on Leopard Street.

The same suspect vehicle was used in all the three thefts and is reported to be a Blue Kia Rio

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.

Theft Suspect PIO2

Date: 06/11/2015       11:30 PM
Location: 3829 Interstate Highway 69
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03       Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1506120079

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a man they believe stole over $500 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart Store located at 3829 Interstate Highway  69 on June 12.

Store employees observed the man placing a variety of meats into his grocery cart along with an air conditioning  unit. He then pays for a candy bar and a soda but does not pay for the meat and the A/C unit.  He then pushes the cart out of the store, making no attempt to pay for the merchandise.

The suspect in this case has not been identified, and detectives need your help in solving this crime.  The suspect is described as a bald Hispanic male and he was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans.

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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Suspect pushing the cart out of the store

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Suspect got into this vehicle and left the scene

Police Conduct Death Investigation As Murder/Suicide

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015, 23:42
Location: 6301 Meadowvista Drive
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 1506210163

Corpus Christi Police are conducting a death investigation of two people at an apartment located at 6301 Meadowvista Drive Sunday night as a murder/suicide.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of a disturbance at 11:42pm Sunday night and found a 28-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man dead in an apartment. The Officers found a 9-year-old boy who called in the disturbance and a 6-year-old child which were not physically harmed. The Officers believe the two deceased people were the parents of the two children. Officers worked with the Child’s Advocacy Center to locate other family members to care for the two children.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives responded to the scene and evaluated the evidence and believe the 29-year-old man attacked the 28-year-old woman, and then the 29-year-old man caused his own death and believe no other person was responsible for the deaths. Corpus Christi Police Detectives will wait for the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives continue to investigate the death of these two people and request that anyone with any additional information to contact them at 361-886-2840 to provide any details.