Missing Ditchwitch Underground Locator

Occurred 9.26/27.2011/10:00am Burglary to a Vehicle Aaron Dr./ Bratton Rd. 1109270045

Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force are investigating an auto burglary that occurred sometime overnight on Monday Sept. 26 & Tuesday morning Sept. 27. The thieves broke into a tool box of a company vehicle and stole a Ditchwitch Underground Locator valued at $6000 as well as several specific type wrenches valued at $1000. If you know who is responsible for the Burglary or if you where we can locate these tools, we ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or vist us on our website at http://www.888tips.com to submit a web tip.

Litterbug Involved in Hit and Run Arrested

Occurred on 9/27/11:19 a.m.  D.W.I.   4510 Leopard  1109270017,1109270019, C1106943         

Officers responded to the Stripes Convenience Store for an accident in which a vehicle driven by a drunk driver possibly struck the building.  While en route, Officers were advised a silver Mazda Protege fled westbound on Leopard.   The Protege was also involved in a hit and run accident at 1050 Nueces Bay. 

Officers located the vehicle in the Whataburger parking lot at 4510 Leopard.  As the Officer walked up to the car, he observed the driver Ana Contreras (01/01/89) throwing Taco Bell tacos and sauce packets onto the ground along with a broken beer bottle. 

Contreras was transported to the Stripes Convenience Store located at 4849 Leopard where a clerk positively identified her as the driver who almost struck the building as she drove off.  She was also positively identified as the hit and run driver who failed to stop at a red light and struck a green Chrysler Imperial occupied by three individuals.  They were not injured in the accident. 

Contreras was medically cleared at Spohn Memorial where a Blood Draw was also taken.  She was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, No Driver’s License, and Littering ~ Prohibited In Public Places. 

Her passenger Hailey Christine Gustin (05/24/89) was arrested when she was found to be wanted.  Gustin was charged with an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and additionally charged with Possession of Dangerous Drugs when several pills were found in her purse.

Thieves Attempt to Steal ATM

Occurred on 9/27/11, 01:33 a.m. Burglary of a Building 7602 Everhart 1109270010

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Officers responding to an alarm at the Stripes Convenience Store arrived to find the business burglarized with a steel cable protruding from the smashed front door.

Further investigation revealed a winch cable had been wrapped around the store’s ATM machine in attempt to drag it out of the store. The two suspects were unsuccessful, but did cause $5,700 in damages to the ATM machine and front door.

The suspects were last seen wearing dark-colored hoodies. They fled in a newer model Dodge Ram pickup truck with a combination brush guard and winch attached to the front bumper. No money was missing from the ATM.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Property Crimes Unit.

Turtle “Couple” Separated When Male Stolen, Four Juveniles Detained

Occurred on 09/26/11, 5:30 p.m.  Theft   1700 S.P.I.D.     1109260131

Officers responded to Faith Power Washing for the theft of an African Spurred Exotic Turtle.  The caller advised there were five male juveniles involved in the theft.

Upon their arrival, Officers were told by a neighbor the suspects were last seen running towards 4900 Waterfall Street.   Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the juveniles.  The Officers did speak to one of the suspect’s mother who went in search of her son, while Officers returned to contact the victim. 

 The 43-year-old victim reported to Officers a couple of juvenile males jumped over his fence and when he approached them they fled.  During his exploration of his backyard for any damage, the victim discovered one of his two African Spurred Exotic Turtles was missing.   The female was found unharmed still in his backyard, but the male turtle valued at $1,500 was stolen.   

 Officers returned to 4900 Waterfall to find the mother of one the juveniles searching for her son.  The mother turned over three of the juveniles including her son. 

Further investigation confirmed the juveniles’ involvement in the theft of the turtle along with the identity of the other two suspects.  Officers were able to locate the turtle and return it unharmed to the victim. 

Four of the five suspects were detained and transported to the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.  The four 12-year-old juveniles were all charged with one count each of Theft which is a State Jail Felony.  An 11-year-old juvenile remains outstanding.

Wanted Subject Arrested When Police Called For A Suspicious Person

Officers were dispatched to Lulac Apartments for a Hispanic male possibly casing the complex.  Officers arrived to find Michael Anthony Ybanez (04/18/86) still in the parking lot.  Ybanez matched the suspect description provided by the caller.

Investigation revealed Ybanez was wanted on several outstanding warrants and arrested.

Ybanez was charged with an outstanding San Patricio County warrant for Driving While Intoxicated~3rd Offense and a Corpus Christi Municipal Court warrant in the amount of $410.

Armed Subject Arrested During Traffic Stop

Occurred on 9/25/11, 11:53 p.m.  Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon   3300 W. Surfside Blvd.  1109260007

Officers investigating an auto burglary observed a vehicle leaving the adjacent parking area.  Officers pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation and contacted the two occupants. 

During the traffic stop, Officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.  While talking with the occupants, the passenger picked up a sweater from the floorboard which provided a clear view of the handle of a handgun.   

Both subjects were detained and further investigation revealed a loaded handgun along with a scale and multiple baggies containing Marijuana. 

Juan Jose Emilio Angel Guerra (08/06/93) was arrested.  He was charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon and Possession of Marijuana.  The 18-year-old female passenger was released at the scene.

 

Glove Wearing Burglar Caught In The Act

Occurred 9/24/11, 7:37 p.m.  Burglary of a Building     5301 S. Staples     1109240147

Officers responded to Banuelos Tire Shop for a burglary in progress when a 55-year-old homeless woman  reported she observed a Hispanic male attempting to steal a tool box from a boat. 

The woman called police who arrived to find Jose Cortez (12/11/91) inside ransacking the business.  Cortez used bolt cutters to cut the burglary bars and gain access to the Office. 

A bag containing burglary tools and a couple of  company checks was located inside the business.  The burglary bag was tagged as evidence and the checks were returned to the 74-year-old owner.

Cortez was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building along with an outstanding Nueces County warrant for Failure to Appear, Driving Under the  Influence of Liquor.

Two More Victims Come Forward In Two George’s Restaurant Fraud Investigation

Occurred September 2011   Credit Card Abuse   Two George’s Restaurant, 5884 Everhart Road

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating multiple complaints from the public that their credit cards have been billed extra charges by Two George’s Restaurant.  A total of sixteen victim’s have come forward to report these fraudulent charges with an estimated $20,000 charged on the victim’s charge cards.

Investigators with the Forgery Unit ask citizens, who have dined at Two George’s Restaurant in the past, to look at their credit card statements to ensure there are no erroneous charges from this or any other location.

If fraudulent charges are found, please contact the police department at (361) 886-2600 to file a report.  This report can be filed with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Telephone Reporting Unit.

Update:

Over the weekend Officers contacted two victims who reported fraudulent charges were also billed to their credit cards by Two George’s Restaurant.

One victim reported approximately $14,000 was charged to his credit card when he and his wife invited several friends to join them for a dinner party at the restaurant.  The other victim told Officers over $1,700 in unauthorized charges were also added to her credit card.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Forgery Division.

Again we ask that diners who have eaten at Two George’s Restaurant to check their bank and credit card statements for any fraudulent charges.  Please file a police report with our Telephone Reporting Unit at 361-886-2600.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Forgery Division at 361-886-2841.

Drunk Driver Arrested, Seven Children in Vehicle Released to Family Members

Occurred on 9/25/11, 1:43 p.m.  Driving While Intoxicated   Holly & Weber Road     1109250074

Officers responded to reports of drunk driver being followed by the complainant who reported the driver of a white 2001 Chevrolet Tracker was swerving from lane to lane and appeared to be intoxicated.  Further updated information advised Officers the driver had several unrestrained children in the vehicle.

Officers were able to pull the vehicle over and contact the driver Alex Hernandez (12/22/70) who did indeed appear to be intoxicated.  Hernandez was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Blood Draw.  Hernandez was arrested. 

Inside the Tracker were seven children ranging in age from two to sixteen years of age.    The children were neither in child safety seats nor wearing any seat belts. 

Hernandez was charged with Driving While Intoxicated with Child.  The children were uninjured and released to family members.

Officers Dispatched To Man Down Call, Find One Person Critically Injured And Another Deceased

Occurred on 9/25/11, 9:14 a.m. Aggravated Assault 7218 S.P.I.D. 1109250054

Officers responded early Sunday morning to Sky Harbor Apartments for a man down call. Upon their arrival, Officers found a 47-year-old victim who was rushed to Spohn Memorial. He underwent surgery and is currently listed in Critical Condition. The method of his injury is yet to be established.

Officers on scene, requested the assistance of the police department’s S.W.A.T. Team who evacuated nearby residents and made entry into the apartment without incident. S.W.A.T. Team members found one person deceased inside the apartment.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and has been turned over to the Homicide/Robbery Bureau.

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