Friendswood Police Activity Report October 28-November 4, 2013
Mischief in Wilderness Trails Continues
Incidents of theft have continued in and around the Wilderness Trails subdivision with several more burglary reports taken this week.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on October 26, two young white males entered a garage in the 900 block of Falling Leaf. They stole an Igloo cooler and 15-20 assorted beers. The home’s surveillance system caught the burglary on video. Investigators are attempting to enhance the video and attempt to identify the two suspects.
On October 27, sometime after 7:00 p.m. and before 3:00 p.m. October 28, unknown persons entered and burglarized a garage in the 1400 block of W. Castlewood Avenue. The victim entered the garage and found that the doors on her vehicle were open and the interior had been rummaged through. A 28 quart Igloo cooler was stolen.
Then, sometime between October 28 and October 31, alcohol was stolen out of a garage in the 1500 block of Bayou Oak Drive. The victim told police that a half case of Michelob Ultra along with three mojitos was stolen out of the refrigerator in the garage.
Police are asking residents in and around the Wilderness Trails subdivision to be extra vigilant. Lock garage doors and report suspicious activity.
On Tuesday, October 29, burglars were casing residences in the city. In both of the following cases, it appears that the burglars’ method of operation was the same. The suspects attempted to knock on the door of the residence, possibly posing as solicitors, in an attempt to see if anyone was home.
At 9:10 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of Meadow Bend reported an attempted. The victim told police that she heard someone ringing the door bell and knocking at the front door at approximately 8:30 a.m., but she did not answer it or look to see who it was. About 30 minutes later, the resident heard noises, got up and witnessed an unknown person attempting to kick in the back door. The resident yelled out to the burglar and then noticed a silver/gray mid-sized four-door car backing out of her driveway.
At 10:27 a.m., a resident in the 5300 block of Shady Oaks Lane returned to her residence after being gone for approximately two hours. When she returned home, she found that someone had forced their way into her residence through a back door. Pillow cases were removed and likely used to hold the jewelry that was stolen. A witness told police that they saw a strange vehicle backed up to the residence at approximately 10:00 a.m. A black male, in his 20s, with a thin build, was seen knocking at the door. The suspect vehicle is described as a light copper-colored or champagne-colored Chevrolet mid-size car with tinted windows.
Oct. 29 (1:10 p.m.) Sometime during the past week, unknown persons entered a garage in the 4300 block of Lucian Lane and stole food from a freezer. The door to the garage had been left unlocked.
Nov. 3 (7:29 p.m.) Sometime between November 1 at 4:20 p.m. and November 3 at 6:00 p.m., a residence in the 1800 block of Hunt was burglarized. When she arrived home she found several items out of place, and an assortment of alcoholic beverages were stolen. Police believe entry was made through an unlocked back door.
Oct. 29 (6:13 a.m.) Tires were stolen off of three Camaros parked at the Skyhawk Apartments located at 17231 Blackhawk Blvd. The theft occurred overnight. Each of the Camaros was left on landscaping blocks after all four wheels and tires were stolen.
Nov. 1 (2:19 p.m.) Two metal pumpkins were stolen from the front porch of a residence in the 100 block of Bandera Creek Lane. The victim checked her surveillance system and noticed that on October 13 at approximately 4:05 a.m., a 2004-2008 model, white Ford F150 extended cab with a long bed stopped in the street in front of the house. A suspect got out of the vehicle, walked up to the porch, picked up the pumpkins and returned to the truck. Police are waiting to get copies of the surveillance video.
Nov. 2 (12:08 a.m.) A resident in the 500 block of Pilgrim Lane reported the theft of $5,000 from his residence. He believes the theft occurred on October 3 by his ex-roommate while he was in jail. At the same time, the resident’s girlfriend reported that she was sexually assaulted by the same ex-roommate on the same day as the theft. Both cases are under investigation.
Nov. 2 (3:00 p.m.) Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Mary Ann for a suspicious person. A neighbor reported seeing what appeared to a theft. The neighbor told police that he saw a white male taking items out of a truck. The man was described as being 6 feet tall, 220 pounds, clean shaven with dark hair and wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans. The man was driving a white Ford single cab pick up occupied by two other persons. When officers arrived, the truck and the man were gone. The officer attempted to find the owner of the truck that the man was seen removing the items from. It was not until the owner of the truck arrived home at 9:00 p.m., that the theft was confirmed. The victim told police that he was missing some tools and plumbing fittings from the bed of his truck.
Nov. 3 (5:50 p.m.) Sometime between 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., a bicycle was stolen from an address on Hibiscus Lane. The bicycle is described as a HyperBikeCo, 20 inch, BMX-style bicycle. The handlebars are rapped with red and yellow electrical tape. The bike has black pegs, red rims and a gray frame.
Oct. 28 (10:57 a.m.) A resident in the 5300 block of Bulen Drive reported unauthorized transactions on her bank account. The charges were made to Siriusxm.com. Police were provided with the name of the Sirius XM account holder’s name and will be following up on this case.
Oct. 28 (11:15 a.m.) A resident in the 5300 block of Royal Parkway told police that she had received a letter from the Texas Department of Public Safety notifying her that her driver’s license was suspended for failure to appear in court for a citation she had received. Once the woman received a copy of the citation, she discovered that the ticket had her name on it, the car involved belonged to her sister and the ticket was signed by her sister. When confronted, the suspect said that she provided her sister’s name because she did not have a driver’s license. Charges will be filed against the sister for Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information.
Nov. 4 (10:11 a.m.) A resident in the 1000 block Londonderry Avenue reported seven unauthorized and fraudulent transactions on her credit card account. All of the charges were made on October 23, with five of the charges being gift card purchases at Home Depot. Home Depot noticed a discrepancy in the card; they took it away from the suspect and reported the incident to the credit card company.
Oct. 28 (6:43 p.m.) A vehicle was “keyed” sometime overnight at the Enclave Apartments located at 5000 Watkins Way. A suspect has been identified.
Oct. 28 (3:14 p.m.) Christopher Bun, 21, of Rosharon, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Bun was stopped in the 1600 block of Brill Drive after an officer observed him driving on the improved shoulder, passing cars on W. Parkwood Avenue. During contact with Bun, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. Bun exited the vehicle and his outer clothing was patted down. A glass smoking pipe was found in his front pocket. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found a marijuana grinder containing marijuana.
Oct. 28 (2:03 p.m.) Christopher J. Derks, 41, of Heritage Park, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. A narcotic search warrant was executed at 5007 Shady Oaks. The search warrant resulted from an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in and around the Friendswood area. During the search, officers seized liquid and tablet steroids as well as methamphetamine.
Nov. 1 (1:21 p.m.) German Phillip Rodriguez, 20, of Pasadena, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rodriguez and occupants in his vehicle were reported as suspicious persons in the parking lot of Kroger located at 151 N. Friendswood Drive. Rodriguez appeared to be case vehicles in the parking lot and at one point entered the store and then left the store without purchasing anything. An officer found the suspicious vehicle parked in the fire zone. Rodriguez exited the vehicle and told police that he did not have a driver’s license. The officer checked Rodriguez’ outer clothing for weapons but instead found a marijuana pipe. During a search of the vehicle, officers found several screw drivers and noticed that the vehicle’s inspection sticker and registration stickers were expired. Rodriguez was taken into custody.
Nov. 2 (5:59 p.m.) Christopher Bun, 21, of Rosharon, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was stopped in the 17200 block of Blackhawk after he was observed turning right from a left turn only lane. During contact with Bun, the officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. When asked about the smell, Bun told the officer that he had two “buds.” The vehicle was searched and the two buds of marijuana were found in the trunk.
Driving While Intoxicated
Nov. 2 (2:01 a.m.) Miguel Angel Aldape, 24, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Aldape stopped past the clearly marked designated stopping point at an intersection and was stopped in the 700 block of S. Friendswood Drive. During contact with Aldape, the officer detected the smell of alcohol and noticed that Aldape exhibited signs of intoxication. Aldape failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. However, Galveston County was hosting a No Refusal Weekend at the Galveston Police Department. A searched warrant was signed by a judge and a blood draw was conducted.
Nov. 3 (1:23 a.m.) Alicia LeAnn Duke, 26, of Pearland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. An officer was flagged down and told about a reckless driver exiting the Whataburger parking lot. The officer found the suspect vehicle in the 300 block of N. Friendswood Drive. Duke and a passenger got out of the vehicle and began arguing. They were separated and Duke was interviewed. She exhibited signs of intoxication and told officers that she had just left Cheers Pub. Duke failed a field sobriety test and registered .222 on a breath test.
Nov. 3 (6:38 p.m.) Alejandro Guerrero-Frias, 26, of Alvin, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of W. Parkwood Avenue where a vehicle had almost hit another vehicle and was driving erratically. An officer got behind the suspect vehicle at a red light. When the light turned green, the suspect vehicle did not move. When the light turned red again, the vehicle moved closer to the intersection. When the light turned green again, the officer turned on the emergency lights to have the vehicle stop. Instead, the driver turned into a parking lot, hit the curb and then stopped. The officer contacted the driver, Guerrero-Frias, and detected the smell of alcohol. Guerrero-Frias failed a field sobriety test and registered .171 on a breath test. Guerrero-Frias does not have a valid driver’s license.
Nov. 1 (1:08 a.m.) Jennifer Rosemarie Digulio, 31, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Officers were called to the Digulio residence in the 800 block of W. Lake Circle for an argument between Digulio and her mother. Officers had responded to the home two hours earlier when Digulio called police to file reports on her family members. At that time, she was intoxicated but remained inside the house. On the second call, officers found Digulio walking out of the house with her belongings and about to leave. Officers noticed that she displayed signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol on her breath. They also noticed that there was broken glass on the front porch and a shattered window at the front door. According to Digulio’s mother, Digulio became agitated when her mother did not allow her access to Hydrocodone that was in the house. Digulio was taken into custody.
Nov. 1 (1:36 p.m.) A 15-year old Friendswood High School student faces Minor in Possession of Alcohol charges. Police received a Crimes Stoppers tip about the girl having an Ozarka water bottle full of Vodka. School officials confronted the girl who admitted to having the alcohol on campus.
Nov. 1 (5:12 p.m.) James Cody Boswell, 39, of Houston, was charged with Public Intoxication. Officers were dispatched to an intoxicated person at a gas station in the 4500 block of FM 2351. When officers arrived Boswell was engaged in a verbal confrontation with a woman. At the time, Boswell had his pants down to his knees exposing himself in public. He was having trouble standing and exhibited signs of being intoxicated on some type of drug. He was taken into custody.
Nov. 1 (6:56 p.m.) Austin Michael Armstrong, 21, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. An officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Avondale Lane for an intoxicated person. Armstrong was asleep in a truck; he was in the floorboard of the front seat. When the officer contacted Armstrong, he detected the strong smell of alcohol. Armstrong was parked in front of his girlfriend’s residence and was not welcome inside the home. Armstrong was taken into custody.
Nov. 3 (11:00 p.m.) John Glen Flynn, 34, of Webster, was charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Flynn was stopped for an expired registration in the 1700 block of FM 528. As the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed a beer in the cup holder next to the driver. Flynn did not have proof of insurance and his driver’s license was suspended so he was taken into custody. Once Flynn was put in the backseat of the police car, the officer returned to Flynn’s vehicle to find that there was a semi-automatic pistol on the back passenger seat. In addition to the weapons charge, Flynn was issued a citation for driving while license invalid, no insurance and possession of an open container of alcohol.
Nov. 3 (3:04 p.m.) Christian Xavier Ramirez-Ceja, 21, of Webster, was charged with Driving While License Invalid. Ramirez-Ceja was stopped for a traffic violation in the 300 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Ramirez-Ceja told the officer that his driver’s license was suspended. The driver’s license information was confirmed and Ramirez-Ceja was taken into custody.
Nov. 4 (7:45 a.m.) A concrete truck overturned near the intersection of N. Friendswood Drive and W. Edgewood Drive. Officers were on the scene of the accident for several hours. S. Friendswood Drive (FM 518) going southbound was blocked. The investigating officer found that the vehicle had equipment and safety problems including a rear suspension strap that was broken. The vehicle was also found to be more than 10,000 pounds overweight. Diesel fuel was leaking out of the truck as well as wet cement. The fire department and a street crew handled the leaks and debris. A heavy-duty wrecker company up righted the cement truck at approximately 9:30 a.m. and realigned the load so that the truck could be moved. The driver of the truck was not injured. He will be cited for the violations once the commercial motor vehicle accident investigation is complete. The roadway was clear and traffic moving back to normal at approximately 10:57 a.m.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Holiday Season Reminders
November 1 marks the beginning of the holiday season. During the holidays, the potential for theft and burglary increases. More people are out and about, they are carrying more expensive merchandise and money than they would during any other time of the year. Keep in mind the following holiday safety reminders:
- Carry your valuables wisely. Do not keep cash in your wallet. Instead, keep it in an inside pocket and only carry the credit cards that you will need.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must leave packages in your car, put them in the trunk. Keep receipts with you.
- Whenever possible, park and walk in well-lit areas. Be aware of your surroundings, especially the people around you.
- Carry your purse close to you. Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
- Protect your credit card numbers and other personal information. Carefully dispose of receipts that have a credit card number on them. Never provide credit card information in response to unsolicited calls or emails.
- Don’t announce your new high-dollar purchases. Break down the boxes of TVs, stereos, computers, etc. and turn them inside out before putting them in the trash.
- If you are traveling for the holidays, make your home look “lived in.” Have a friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers. Use timers to turn lights off and on.
And, remember to report suspicious activity. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, activity, or observation let the police check it out!
Friendswood Blue Santa Program
For decades, the Friendswood Blue Santa program has been helping Friendswood’s needy children enjoy a happy holiday season. The Friendswood Blue Santa program, sponsored by the Friendswood Police Officer’s Association (FPOA) and the Friendswood Police Department, is now accepting donations and applications. Blue Santa provides gifts for children 12 and younger who might not otherwise have presents to open on Christmas morning. Applications are limited to families who live in Friendswood and demonstrate a need. Blue Santa depends on the generosity of local businesses, schools, civic groups and citizens to make the program possible. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off any time at the Friendswood Police Department. The program runs from November 1 to December 20. Deadline for applications is December 2. Deadline for toy donations is December 18. Consider helping your neighbors have a happy holiday season!