Friendswood Police Activity Report May 6-12, 2013
Headline – Burglars Caught in the Act; Charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
May 11 (1:41 a.m.) Tanner Joseph Drake Weeks, 18, of Ore City; Gladdin Louis Presley, 33, of Santa Fe; and Lisa Rachelle Evans, 23, of Santa Fe, were charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. An officer was patrolling in the 2900 block of FM 528 when he noticed a suspicious vehicle at the Oasis Car Wash located at 2920 FM 528. A man was peeking his head around a wall and watching emergency and utility vehicles working at a power station that had been hit by lightning. The officer approached the man and identified him as Weeks. While talking with Weeks, two other subjects appeared, Presley and Evans. They walked from the area of the coin operated machines at the car wash. All three suspects were armed with knives and were detained until other police units arrived. When other police officers arrived, they noticed tools, including bolt cutters, crow bars, flashlights and gloves, inside the suspect vehicle. An officer then checked the coin operated machines that Presley and Evans walked from and found a crow bar in a trash can, along with rubber gloves, another small pry bar and a black zipper bag. All three suspects were read their rights and there was an admission to breaking into the coin operated machines in order to obtain gas money. A thorough search of the vehicle revealed a list of other car washes, laundry mats and storage facilities with some of the locations crossed off. These suspects will be interviewed about recent burglaries along FM 528 with the same modus operandi.
(Pictured left to right: Tanner Weeks, Gladdin Presley, and Lisa Evans)
May 8 (4:23 p.m.) A newly purchased and boxed taillight assembly was stolen out of a vehicle in the 16400 block of Bougainvilla Lane sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The vehicle was likely left unlocked as there were no signs of forced entry.
May 8 (4:46 p.m.) A screen on a back door was cut and glass was shattered at a residence in the 800 block of Bonnie Doon. A witness recalls hearing a strange noise then seeing a white male juvenile leaving the residence wearing an orange shirt.
May 8 (9:26 p.m.) A resident arrived home in the 16600 of Bougainvilla Lane after a vacation and found that her surveillance camera had been stolen. The wires had been cut. Right next to where the camera is mounted, a kitchen window was open and someone had entered the house. Nothing was missing from inside the house.
May 10 (2:12 a.m.) Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Shell gas station located at 3698 FM 528. When officers arrived, they found that the front door of the business was pried open. Once officers entered the building, they found an ATM machine pried open, but the safe inside the ATM was still intact. Nothing else inside the store appeared to be missing. A review of security video showed two males wearing black ski masks, black long sleeved shirts, black pants, black gloves and black boots. Both suspects were carrying large pry bars. Inclement weather did not permit a police K-9 to track the suspects’ departure route.
May 11 (9:34 p.m.) A vehicle was burglarized in the Kroger parking lot located at 151 N. Friendswood Drive. When the officer arrived, the victims told the officer than a window was shattered and the rear driver’s side door was open. The victims were inside the Kroger store for approximately 10 minutes. An Apple iMac computer was stolen.
A witness told police that the suspect vehicle was a black or dark colored 4-door sedan, possibly a late model Toyota Camry with tinted windows and no license plates. The vehicle had a red dealer logo tag on the front and rear bumpers instead of license plates. The suspect vehicle backed into a parking space directly beside and to the west of the victim’s vehicle. The witness saw a man open the rear driver’s side door and remove a large box from the rear seat. He then got into the back seat of the suspect vehicle. The man is described as a being 6’ tall, 165-180 pounds, thin build, wearing a dark hoodie with dark pants.
May 6 (2:40 p.m.) A business owner at 102 S. Friendswood Drive placed an ebay.com order for three iPhones. The order shipped, someone signed for the package and his account was debited. An unknown person signed for the phones because the victim did not receive them.
May 7 (8:01 p.m.) A member of 24 Hour Fitness located at 130 W. Parkwood Avenue reported the theft of an iPhone from the basketball court. The theft occurred between 5:15 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.
The suspect is described as a black male, 6’2” to 6’3” tall, short black hair, and was wearing red Clear Creek High School shorts with tattoos on both sides of his chest.
May 9 (12:04 a.m.) An officer was dispatched to the Bay Meadows apartments located at 17201 Blackhawk Blvd for a burglary. The victim told police that her son had broken into the apartment, through a sliding glass door. After a brief argument, the son, identified as Garrett Dollens, 21, transient, left and the victim called police. After discussions with the victim, she declined to press charges; however, Dollens did have a warrant for his arrests for Theft and the officer was able to find him wandering around the apartment complex. The theft warrant resulted from a May 7 report filed by Dollens’ mother. She told police that on May 2 she returned home from work to find several items missing from her apartment. She talked to Dollens and was able to locate some of the stolen property. Dollens had sold a stolen X-box to a woman who later returned the items and gave a sworn statement to police.
(Pictured: Garrett Dollens)
May 9 (9:04 a.m.) An air conditioner unit was stolen from the Edward Jones business, located at 307 S. Friendswood Drive. All of the wires, wire conduit and copper pipes were cut.
May 9 (12:00 p.m.) Approximately 50 campaign signs have been stolen along S. Friendswood and from in front of City Hall at 910 S. Friendswood Drive. The theft occurred sometime between 7:00 p.m. and noon.
May 7 (12:30 p.m.) A roadside assistance worker is suspected of stealing an iPod from a vehicle in the 1700 block of Pensacola on May 6. The victim had a flat tire, called roadside assistance and then later discovered that his iPod was stolen.
May 6 (11:27 a.m.) A Friendswood resident is a little wiser after being tricked out of $250 by a telephone scammer. The scam began when the man told the victim that she was the winner in a 5.5 million dollar drawing and had won a new Mercedes. The victim was told to go to a pharmacy to purchase a “MoneyPak” card for $250 and to call him back with the hidden number on the back of the card. That number would be used to verify her identity when the scammer met her at the bank. The victim recontacted the caller and then went to her bank to prepare for their new-found wealth. The victim’s bank suggested that she contact police. At the police station, the officer called the customer service number on the “MoneyPak” card to determine the balance. It was zero.
May 6 (6:26 p.m.) A resident in the 700 block of Woodview Drive called police after he received calls from two different credit card companies advising that someone was attempting to open accounts using his identifying information. The identity theft may be tied to a recent burglary at the residence.
May 9 (1:28 p.m.) A Friendswood resident told police that she had been receiving phone calls from a payday loan company asking if she was still interested in applying for a loan. In April, she received an email informing her of an approved loan application. She contacted her bank and had her account flagged. Not long after, she received a $300 deposit in her account from a loan company. The account was frozen and the loan company contacted regarding the unauthorized transaction. An investigation is now underway.
May 10 (9:08 p.m.) A Friendswood resident reported $122,000 wire transfer from his bank account an international offshore account without his permission. Other suspicious transactions were also present within other bank accounts of the victim.
May 10 (8:22 p.m.) A resident in the 1800 block of Sandy Lake Drive called police after receiving several notices about new credit accounts. All of the new account applications except two were denied. When the victim called the two credit accounts that were open, he discovered that there were charges already on the accounts.
May 12 (9:32 a.m.) The windshield of a pickup truck was damaged sometime overnight in the 600 block of Royal Oaks. It appeared as though the windshield was smashed in four different locations on the window and a large cement piece was on the ground next to the truck. No suspects were named.
May 11 (1:38 a.m.) Brenda Ruth Burtzlaff, 50, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-family Violence. Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Layfair Place about a disturbance that had occurred earlier in the 700 block of Cedarwood. Burtzlaff is accused of assaulting her 17-year old daughter. At the time of the assault, Burtzlaff was intoxicated. She grabbed her daughter’s hair and pushed her head against a wall. The assault continued as Burtzlaff dragged her daughter through the house and hit her in the head several times. The victim’s father arrived on scene and was able to retrieve his daughter and take her to his home. Ten minutes later, Burtzlaff arrived at the Layfair address and began banging on the door. When no one answered, Burtzlaff left in her vehicle. Officers were called and searched the area to look for Burtzlaff and her vehicle. They went to Burtzlaff’s residence but no one was home. Officers later obtained a warrant for Burtzlaff’s arrest and she was taken into custody at approximately 7:34 a.m. that morning, in the 700 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Burtzlaff’s bond was set at $1,500.
May 11 (8:48 a.m.) Kristin Michelle Bordelon, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact. Police received a call from Bordelon who advised that she was assaulted by husband in the 3900 block of Laura Leigh Lane. She claimed that he assaulted her with a coat hanger. Officers later determined that Bordelon was the aggressor who allegedly started the attack with a coat hanger against her husband after he awakened her to see if she wanted to go to breakfast with the family. Children in the home confirmed the details of the attack and Bordelon was taken into custody.
May 7 (1:01 a.m.) Angelica Lee Serrano, 21, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Karley Cathryn Power, 19, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Serrano was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1600 block of Falcon Ridge Blvd. As the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the strong smell of marijuana. Serrano and Power exited the vehicle. Power emptied her pockets and dropped a partially smoked marijuana cigarette. Then Power admitted to have a jar of marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle. When the officer searched the car he found three more marijuana cigarettes, Hydrocodone in pill form and Hydrocodone in liquid form, two marijuana grinders, two smoking pipes and a digital scale.
May 7 (2:41 p.m.) Cameron Pryce Cerda, 17, of League City, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. An officer was investigating the whereabouts of two runaways in the 2000 block of Bay Area Blvd. Officers were allowed into an apartment where they found the runaways, laying on a couch, lethargic and impaired from smoking marijuana. Cerda got up from the couch. An officer searched him and found a bag of marijuana in his pocket. The other runaway was transported to the police department and released to his mother.
May 7 (5:44 p.m.) Justin Ray Stafford, 32, of San Antonio, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. During a routine license plate check, an officer pulled over Stafford’s vehicle in the 4300 block of FM 2351 because of no insurance coverage. Stafford was extremely nervous and told the officer that he thought that he might have a warrant for his arrest out of Galveston County. Stafford granted the officer consent to search the vehicle, and then told the officer that he believed there was Xanax next to his seat. Sure enough, a baggie containing several doses of Xanax was found under the driver’s seat.
May 8 (5:34 p.m.) Javier Benjamin Sanchez, 26, of Katy, was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Interfering with Duties of a Public Servant. Sanchez was driving a vehicle with a cancelled license plate in the 2800 block of W. Bay Area Blvd. When the officer contacted Sanchez he detected the strong smell of marijuana. Sanchez appeared nervous and had to be asked to stop moving around. Due to the smell of marijuana, the officer asked Sanchez to exit the vehicle. Sanchez refused to exit and locked the car door. Sanchez was extracted from the vehicle and detained during the search. Officers found a glass jar and a baggie containing marijuana, as well as a glass pipe. The two passengers in Sanchez’ car were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.
May 8 (9:17 p.m.) Marissa Gutierrez Rivera, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug. Rivera was stopped in the center lane in the 100 block of W. Parkwood Avenue with her emergency flashers on, so an officer stopped to see how he could help. Rivera told the officer that her car would not start so he pushed the car into the closest parking lot. Once the car was in a safe location, the officer ran a check on Rivera on his in-car computer. It showed that Rivera had two warrants for her arrest in Pasadena. Rivera had several prescription pills inside her purse including Flexeril and Hydrocodone.
May 9 (10:24 p.m.) Gabriel Tijerina, 31, of Friendswood, and Cody Lyston Harsey, 21, of Pasadena, were charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. As part of ongoing narcotics investigations in and around the Friendswood area, at approximately 10:24 p.m. on May 9, Friendswood police officers served a search warrant in the 4900 block of FM 2351, at the Bridgestone Apartments. At about the same time, Harsey was stopped in the 4900 block of FM 2351, in his vehicle. He had a warrant for his arrest out of Harris County for Auto Theft. A search incident to arrest yielded approximately 9 grams of cocaine and a half a pound of marijuana. At the apartment, officers found approximately 4 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, plastic baggies and a small amount of marijuana and took Tijerina into custody. Tijerina and Harsey were transported and booked into the Friendswood City Jail. Tijerina’s bond was set at $10,000. Harsey’s bond for the auto theft is $2,000 but no bond is set for the drug charge.
May 11 (10:01 p.m.) Rush Jacob Barnes, 18, of Pearland, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Barnes was stopped for a traffic violation in the 100 block of Rustic Lane. As the officer approached, Barnes began reaching down toward the passenger side floorboard. The officer had Barnes exit the vehicle and asked for his identification. Barnes advised that he did not have a driver’s license. Barnes was very nervous and stated that he was going to a friend’s house but could not tell the officer where the friend lived. He then admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. A Lifesavers bottle was found inside a bag in the front passenger floorboard. Inside the bottle was another plastic bottle labeled as medical cannabis and contained a small amount of marijuana. The officer also found eight partially smoked marijuana cigarettes.
May 11 (11:30 p.m.) Cody Lee Jones, 19, of Pearland, and Tyler Scott White, 18, of Pearland, were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jones and White were passengers in a vehicle stopped in the 200 block of Whispering Pines. The officer had the driver exit the vehicle and after a brief conversation received permission to search the vehicle. All of the passengers were asked to exit the vehicle. The officers found synthetic marijuana in the center console, a glass pipe where White was sitting. After that, Jones admitted that the synthetic marijuana belonged to him. The driver and one other passenger were released without charges.
May 12 (3:42 p.m.) Michael Hugh Boutwell, Jr., 22, of Galveston, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tiffany Lynn Henderson, 18, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. Boutwell was stopped for a traffic violation in the 3300 block of FM 528. Boutwell took a long time to pull over for the officer and it appeared as though he was attempting to hide something in the vehicle before contacting the officer. Once he stopped, Boutwell did not have a driver’s license and his insurance card had expired. There were two female passengers in the vehicle along with the smell of hydroponic marijuana. Michael admitted to having synthetic marijuana in the front seat. Once another police unit arrived, the passengers were questioned. Henderson told the officer that she had a marijuana pipe in her purse and the other passenger denied having any contraband. Officers searched the vehicle, found the synthetic marijuana, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, a smoking pipe in Henderson’s purse along with Promethazine pills. Henderson also had a baggie of marijuana inside her blouse.
May 12 (6:01 p.m.) Lorenzo Cooper Jr., 25, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Cooper was stopped for speeding in the 16300 block of Blackhawk Blvd. Cooper’s driver’s license was under suspension so he was taken into custody for driving while license invalid. During an inventory of Cooper’s car, the officer found a baggie of marijuana.
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
May 9 (2:39 a.m.) Kasey K. Weist, 49, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Weist was stopped for speeding in the 3400 block of FM 528. As the officer approached Weist, he detected the strong smell of alcohol and noticed that Weist exhibited signs of intoxication. Weist told the officer that he had returned to the bar to retrieve his credit card and at one point attempted to walk into the bar before the officer was through with the contact. Weist failed a field sobriety test and registered .150 on a breath test.
May 9 (10:06 a.m.) Eric Michael Black, 19, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2A. A motorist flagged down an officer and advised him of an erratic driver that was at the light at W. Parkwood and Falcon Ridge. The motorist told police that now the driver of the vehicle appeared to be falling asleep at the wheel. The officer got behind the vehicle and noticed that it was weaving outside the lane. Black was stopped in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. As the officer approached Black, he detected the smell of marijuana and observed Black to exhibit signs of intoxication. Black exited the vehicle but kept making suspicious movements and digging into his pockets. He was detained; his pockets were checked revealing a pocket knife and synthetic marijuana. Inside the vehicle, officers found a partially smoked marijuana cigarette and rolling papers. Black did not want to perform field sobriety test and refused a blood and breath test.
May 9 (5:27 p.m.) Leigh Ann Carpenter, 45, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated-2nd offense and Failure to Stop and Give Information. An officer was dispatched to a hit and run accident in the 2200 block of S. Friendswood Drive. The victim followed the suspect vehicle until police arrived approximately six blocks away. When the officer contacted Carpenter, he noticed that her movements were slow, her speech was slurred and she didn’t know why she had not stopped for the accident. Carpenter told the officer that she had taken a couple of prescribed medications. She failed a field sobriety test and was evaluated by one of the department’s Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), but refused the urinalysis request for testing. Carpenter has a prior conviction for DWI from June 2011.
May 10 (10:25 p.m.) Kenton Shawn Ishmeal, 21, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. An officer was dispatched to a vehicle that had driving off the roadway in the 3200 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. The vehicle was missing a tire but was still attempting to drive away. The driver, Ishmeal, was have full body tremors and exhibited sign of drug intoxication. Ishmeal failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test. Officers inventoried Ishmeal’s vehicle and found Carisoprodol and Hydrocodone. Once Ishmeal arrived at the jail, he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who determined that Ishmeal was impaired.
May 12 (2:24 a.m.) Michael Eric Brandt, 35, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Brandt was stopped after he veered off the roadway and hit a street sign in the 3700 block of Blackhawk Blvd. He dragged the sign for about 20 feet and never attempted to stop. As the officer approached Brandt, she immediately detected the smell of alcohol. Brandt failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A search warrant for a specimen of Brandt’s blood was approved and he was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Using a prepaid card is a convenient way to pay bills online without threat of risk to your bank account. But scammers have found a way to get that money from you too. Scammers will call or email you saying that you won a lottery or can buy discount merchandise at their phony websites – but you need to pay fees to get your prize or purchase that merchandise via MoneyPak – and only MoneyPak, then they ask for the 14-digit code. Once you give them that code, the crooks can then transfer your MoneyPak funds to their own prepaid cards.
MoneyPak offers these tips to help protect you from fraud:
- Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don’t know
- Never give receipt information about your MoneyPak purchase to another party
- Use your MoneyPak only to reload your prepaid cards or accounts you control
- Refuse any offer that asks you to buy a MoneyPak and share the number or receipt information by email or phone.
- To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant. Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
- Don’t use MoneyPak to pay taxes or fees to claim “winnings” on a foreign lottery or prize promotion. Unless it’s an approved MoneyPak partner, don’t use MoneyPak for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.
To avoid falling for MoneyPak scams, consumers should:
- Be wary of websites or Craigslist advertisements linking to websites where customers are specifically asked to pay with a MoneyPak card.
- Never give their MoneyPak number to someone they don’t know.
- Remember that advance-fee loan offers are illegal and targeted at customers and companies struggling with debt and poor credit.
- Remember that if you’re told you have to pay a fee – via MoneyPak or wire transfer – to collect a cash prize or sweepstakes winnings, you are being scammed.
- Avoid offers that don’t accept credit card payments and require you to purchase a MoneyPack and provide the card number via email or by phone.
- Beware of websites requesting MoneyPak as a form of payment even if they display the MoneyPack or Green Dot logo. Consumers should check www.moneypak.com for a list of approved MoneyPak partners.
- Treat MoneyPak cards like cash. Unlike credit cards. MoneyPak transactions can never be reversed.
Blood drive to benefit Pasadena police officer Mike Huffman
The Friendswood Police Department will host a blood drive to benefit Officer Mike Huffman, of the Pasadena Police Department, on Friday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Friendswood Police Department located at 1600 Whitaker Drive.
Officer Huffman was severely injured and Officer Candelari was killed on April 26 as they assisted stranded motorists and were struck by an 18-wheeler.
The Friendswood and surrounding communities are encouraged to show their support for local law enforcement and for the friends and family of Officer Huffman by donating blood. In doing so, residents can help maintain a healthy blood supply to be available for anyone in need, including Officer Huffman, who lost a leg in the accident and remains hospitalized. Each donation will help defray medical expenses for Officer Huffman.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 281-996-3313 or 281-996-3349.
National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The Friendswood Police Department will be participating in the 34th Annual Memorial Ceremony honoring fallen officers of Galveston County on May 15 at 9:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Dickinson City Hall at 4403 Hwy 3.