Ways to protect your equipment

The Auto Theft Task Force has a few safety tips to protect your fleet inventory:

-Ensure all cameras, alarms and lighting are working properly.
-Don’t assume that fences and gates provide a complete barrier to adjoining businesses and vacant land. Walk your fence line to be sure everything is intact.
-Move light or highly targeted equipment into service bays and away from the fence.
-Do not stage machines and trucks in a way that they provide cover to thieves.
-Don’t leave ANYTHING on a trailer. Secure any trailers, whether loaded or not, so that thieves cannot use them to steal your equipment.

Review your fleet inventory before locking up to enjoy the weekend!

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. #IfYouLikeItLockIt

WALK IN SHOOTING VICTIM DIES FROM HIS INJURIES

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 5:36 pm
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2205200091

On May 20th at approximately 3:12 pm, officers were dispatched to 600 Elizabeth St. in reference to a walk in shooting. The 41 year old male victim was immediately taken in for treatment. At 5:36 pm, as officers were investigating, the victim succumbed to his injuries. CCPD robbery/homicide detectives are actively working this case and have little information .

If you have any information about this murder and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

Capital Murder Offender Arrested

Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
Time: 12:36 pm
Location: 4300 Kostoryz
Offense: Capital Murder
Case #: 2205140157

On Saturday May 14, 2022, at 12:36 pm officers were dispatched to 4300 Kostoryz for a welfare concern. When the officers arrived, they attempted to contact the occupants and when this was unsuccessful apartment staff were contacted to assist. The staff opened the apartment, and it was at this time that the officers located two deceased females.

Detectives with the Robbery Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and quickly began to investigate the Capital Murder. As the investigation progressed the detectives were able to identify 37-year-old Jason Lara as the offender. Lara was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with a $50,000.00 bond.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Officers with the US Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from officers with our Organized Crime Unit, located Jason Lara on the 2100 block of Airline.  Officers placed Lara in custody for the outstanding warrant, without incident.  Detectives with the Corpus Christi Robbery Homicide Section were later able to secure a warrant for Capital Murder ($1,000,000.00 bond), which was served to Lara, while he was in custody at the Nueces County Jail.

NVID ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEARCH WARRANT NETS ONE ARREST

An Illegal Gambling Operation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Thursday, May 19, 2022, that resulted in the arrest of one individual.  44-year-old Roman Saenz was charged with Keeping a Gambling Place (47.04), Possession of Gambling Device (47.06), and Gambling Promotion (47.03) which all are Class A misdemeanors; each punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office.  State Law dictates that an individual cannot win a wholesale value available from a single play of the game or device of not more than 10 times the amount charged to play the game or device once or $5, whichever is less. 

Game rooms who afford a player an opportunity to obtain, and players who accept anything of value, could be charged.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.

Cruelty to Animal call leads to 4 arrests

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:49 pm 
Offense: Cruelty to Animals
Case Number: 2205180079

On May 18 at approximately 2:49 pm officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Niagara St. in reference to animal cruelty. Officers arrived and made contact with the property owner. The property owner advised the officers that she came to check on the property and when she arrived she observed dogs inside and outside of the residence. The responding officers made contact and detained four people at the residence. Animal control, Code Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene.

Animal control investigated and removed 35 dogs and 1 cat from the residence. The officers were advised that the living conditions for the animals was extremely substandard and unsanitary. Officers arrested 3 males and 1 female for animal cruelty and transported them to the City Detention Center.

This is still an active investigation and if you have any information you are asked to contact detectives at 361-886-2840.

MISSING PERSON

Corpus Christi Police Investigators would like help from the public to locate a missing person.

Leticia Franco was reported missing on May 09, 2022 by family members.  Leticia was last heard from on April 29, 2022.

Leticia is described as a 21-year-old female who stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs approximately 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Leticia, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.

HELP US IDENTIFY THIS BANK ROBBER.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 5:47 pm 
Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 2205130208

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying a suspect who robbed a local bank.

At approximately 5:47 pm, Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 4100 S. Staples in reference to a robbery. Officers contacted the employees and were advised that a male entered the bank right before closing and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as Hispanic male approximately 30-50 years old. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing between 150-200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a dark colored plaid shirt, large black hat, surgical mask, sunglasses and dark colored pants.

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

STOLEN TRAILER

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022 8:14 am 
Offense: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Case Number: 2205090104

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying the suspect and whereabouts of stolen medical equipment.  

At approximately 8:14 am, a victim reported that a 2020 Cargo Mate Trailer was stolen from a business on the 200 block of North Padre Island Drive.

The trailer contained thousands of dollars in medical supplies, mobile loungers, blood pressure monitors, scales, medical supplies and three drawer supply cases, causing the business to disrupt some of their services.  

The trailer has been recovered but the medical equipment is still needing to be recovered. 

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS SIX ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Saturday, April 30, 2022, resulted in the arrest of 6 men on charges of prostitution, a State Jail Felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and fines up to $10,000. The men were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer, posing as a prostitute, for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted several websites and applications that are utilized by prostitutes.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Program. The Red Cord Program is a prostitution diversion program aimed to provide practical and emotional support for those involved in prostitution. The program is successful due to the collaboration between Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, Nueces County District Attorney Office, and Corpus Christi Police Department. The program affords those involved with sex work an opportunity to address the myriad of behavioral, social, and psychological problems they have faced throughout their lifetime. Since 2013, Red Cord has provided case management, health services, job training, substance abuse treatment, clothing, housing, counseling, and other social services needed to address the circumstances related to their involvement in prostitution. Participants who successfully complete the program have their cases dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.

The men arrested during Saturday’s operation will be required to attend a mandatory prostitution diversion education program at their expense. This program educates men about the negative consequences of prostitution, circumstances that may lead someone to purchase sex, and the impact they have on the individual they attempt to solicit sex from in exchange for money. The fees raised from this program are then used to provide some of the resources mentioned above, to assist women seeking to escape the bondage of prostitution.

Although often inaccurately referred to as a “victimless” crime, prostitution is inextricably linked to multiple other crimes including assault, human trafficking, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infectious disease. Neighborhoods where prostitution is prevalent experience a drastic degradation of the quality of life that citizens expect and deserve. The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat prostitution and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.

Buc Day Night Parade Do’s and Don’ts

Large crowds are expected Saturday for the annual Buccaneer Days Illuminated Night Parade. The City of Corpus Christi and the Police Department want everyone to enjoy the parade and promote a safe environment for all who attend.

Here are some rules for spectators to follow:

-Parade viewing spots on Chaparral St. are first come first serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday May 7th. No marking of these spots is allowed.

-Parade viewing spots from Lowmax St. to Park Ave. may mark their spots in chalk only. There will be limited spots on Lowmax St. to North Upper Broadway as some areas will be closed off for spectator safety. People are not permitted to camp along the route before 5:00 p.m. May 6th.

-Spectators are not allowed to use spray paint to mark their spots along the parade route, residents should use chalk.

-Dogs must be on a leash.

-Keep an eye on your children and should you lose your child be sure to contact the nearest officers as soon as possible. Instruct your children to find an officer should they get lost so that you can be reunited.

-Citizens can rent portable toilets and place them on City property along the parade route, if the toilets do not block the sidewalk, public right of way, or other’s access to the parade route.

-No “poppers” or other noise makers, silly string, or laser lights are allowed along the parade route.

-Spectators are asked to bag their trash before leaving and remove any large items brought to the parade route (e.g., barbeque pits, chairs, coolers).

Consumption of alcohol is only allowed Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the parade, along the parade route.

Police ask spectators to please drink responsibly so the parade is enjoyable for everyone. Officers will keep an eye out for incidents of public intoxication, including people who are drunk and disorderly.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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