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Friendswood Police Activity Report March 3-10, 2014

Theft

Mar. 4 (1:17 p.m.) A witness reported two men stealing from a construction site in the 1100 block of W. Edgewood. The suspect vehicle was pulling a trailer with the stolen items. The witness followed the vehicle as the suspects headed toward Highway 35 when they were stopped by Friendswood police in the 600 block of CR 129. The trailer contained stolen rebar piers and hurricane fencing. Dean Allen Stevens, 23, of Friendswood and Matthew Dwayne Coleman, 30, of Friendswood, were charged with Theft (State Jail Felony). Stevens has two prior convictions for theft, so his bond was set at $30,000. Coleman, who was wearing a Cookie Monster onesie at the time of his arrest, was given a $1,500 bond.

Dean Stevens Matthew Coleman

[Pictured left to right: Dean Allen Stevens and Matthew Dwayne Coleman]

Mar. 4 (8:06 p.m.) At 6:15 p.m., an unknown suspect reached behind one of the cash registers and stole a purse at the Kroger store located at 3135 FM 528. The purse belonged to a cashier who was working at an adjacent register at the time. While looking for the purse, employees were able to locate a keychain from inside the purse next to a water fountain near the entrance.

Mar. 5 (5:20 p.m.) On March 3, a construction worker was given cash and access to a vehicle to pick up lunch for other construction employees in the 2500 block of West Ranch Drive. The employee did not return, still had $100 given to him to pay for the food and stole the company truck. The owner of the truck was finally able to contact the worker at approximately 5:41 p.m. by phone. At that time, the worker was told to return to the worksite to pick up his belongings and was fired. Not only did the worker still have the truck, he also had the owner’s wallet, keys and access to his private residence. A warrant charging Kevin Ervin Elliott, 37, with Theft of a Motor Vehicle is pending. The stolen truck was recovered by Harris County Sheriff’s deputies on March 6.

Mar. 6 (7:45 p.m.) A resident at the Reserve at Autumn Creek, located at 3102 W. Bay Area Blvd, told police that he ordered a motorcycle seat and believed the package was stolen. The item was shipped via UPS and showed to have been delivered on February 7, 2014.

Mar. 7 (8:59 a.m.) A Bull Mastiff puppy was stolen out of the front yard of a residence in the 5200 block of Abercreek Avenue. The dog is named Justice and he is tan and white. He is wearing a white collar with pink paw prints on it.

Mar. 7 (12:32 p.m.) A resident in the 100 block of Brigadoon Lane told police that he had invited his brother over to the house to eat breakfast. The resident left for work and later returned and found that his DVD player was gone. The brother is suspected of the theft.

Fraud

Mar. 3 (12:43 p.m.) Javier Serra-Yanes, 26, of Houston, was charged with Tampering with a Government Document. Andry Martell Figueroa, 32, of Miami, FL, was charged with Unsafe Backing. Officers responded to Cash America Pawn, located at 3736 FM 528, regarding possible credit card fraud. The manager told police that two men were inside the store attempting to make a purchase with a fraudulent credit card. As the officer arrived, one of the suspects was leaving the store. Figueroa backed out of his parking space, and hit another vehicle. The other suspect was still inside the store and identified himself as Izquierdo Mitjans Leonardo with a Florida driver’s license. However, his true name was Javier Serra-Yanes. Serra-Yanes was the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the accident. Since Serra-Yanes and Figueroa were taken into custody, the officer inventoried the contents of the vehicle before it was towed. During the inventory, several additional credit cards were found. This case is still under investigation.

Mar. 5 (1:50 p.m.) A resident in the 1800 block of Desota reported unauthorized use of his debit card by an unknown person in Rhode Island. All of the transactions were conducted on March 5 at two different Walmart stores. The debit card has been cancelled.

Mar. 5 (4:17 p.m.) A resident in the 600 block of High Ridge Drive received a call from his bank notifying him of fraudulent activity on his account. The bank declined three suspicious charges, suspended the account and issued a new card.

Mar. 8 (4:40 p.m.) A Friendswood resident reported the unauthorized use of a debit card at the Kroger store located at 3135 FM 528. The victim was told about the fraudulent transaction by the fraud division of his bank. The unknown person made a $401.39 purchase using the debit card number. The victim still had the actual debit card in his possession.

Assault

Mar. 9 (1:39 p.m.) Stephanie Kay Leach, 30, of Deer Park, was charged with Assault by Contact. An officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Prairie Wilde Street for a 9-1-1 hang up call where a man was requesting police. When officers arrived, Leach and her boyfriend were standing outside. Leach is accused of throwing a basket and a set of keys at her boyfriend during an argument. Leach was issued a citation and allowed to leave the residence.

Narcotics

Mar. 8 (2:27 a.m.) Steve Anthony Garza, 37, of Manvel, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and Raul Adam Buentello, Jr., 24, of Manvel, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Garza was stopped for speeding and a defective brake light in the 200 block of S. Friendswood Drive. During contact with Garza, the officer detected the smell of marijuana and asked Garza and Buentello to exit the vehicle. The officer checked Buentello’s pockets and found a small bag of hydro marijuana. A check of Garza’s driver’s license showed that he had three active suspensions. During a search of the vehicle, a baggie of marijuana and a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue were found. Buentello claimed ownership of the marijuana and paraphernalia found inside the vehicle.

Mar. 9 (12:18 a.m.) Christopher Luis Diaz, 33, of Webster, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Diaz was stopped in the 3200 block of FM 528 when an officer noticed that his two tail lamps were broken and his temporary license plate was unreadable. Diaz claimed that he had a suspended Florida driver’s license; however, no such license was found. As Diaz exited his vehicle, marijuana residue fell from his clothing. The officer searched the vehicle and found a small baggie of marijuana.

Driving While Intoxicated

Mar. 5 (12:07 a.m.) Victoria R. Chambless, 29, of Stoneham, MA, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Arrest. Chambless was stopped by a DPS trooper for speeding in the 1500 block of FM 528. Chambless failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. A search warrant was obtained for a specimen of Chambless’ blood. While the blood draw was being conducted, Chambless began to resist and fight with police officers. Chambless’ bond was set at $4,000.

Mar. 6 (2:30 a.m.) Sean Michael Tantalo, 33, of Webster, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. Tantalo was speeding on FM 528 and was stopped in the 17000 block of Heritage Bay. Tantalo exhibited signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcohol on his breath. Tantalo failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test. Tantalo was taken into custody and his vehicle was inventoried. During the inventory, a pistol was found in the back seat along with two marijuana pipes. A search warrant was prepared and signed by a judge ordering the officer to obtain a blood specimen.

Mar. 6 (2:02 p.m.) John Kenneth Robicheaux, 34, of Webster, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. A witness reported an intoxicated driver in the area of FM 528 and Townes Road. The witness told police that the vehicle had hit the curb numerous times. As officers were responding to the area, the witness reported that the driver had hit three other vehicles and was stopped at the intersection of Blackhawk and Friendswood Link Road. The witness was able to remove the keys from the suspect vehicle’s ignition and prevent him from leaving the scene. When officers arrived, Robicheaux was outside his vehicle and appeared to be intoxicated. Robicheaux failed a field sobriety test. He agreed to take a breath test but refused a blood test. The breath test did not reveal any alcohol content so a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluated Robicheaux. It was determined that Robicheaux was on some type of depressant and narcotic analgesic.

Mar. 7 (2:56 a.m.) Evan James Miller, 25, of Webster, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Miller was stopped for speeding in the 2800 block of W. Parkwood. He appeared to be intoxicated to the point that he was not able to retrieve his driver’s license out of his wallet. Miller failed a field sobriety test and registered .140 on a breath test.

Mar. 9 (4:52 a.m.) Jesse Michael McGraw, 39, of Cleveland, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. McGraw was reported as an intoxicated driver in the 2400 block of S. Friendswood Drive. He was being followed by an off-duty police officer who observed McGraw turning his directional signals on and off, failing to maintain a single lane and speeding through League City and into Friendswood. McGraw exhibited signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcohol on his breath. McGraw failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.

Traffic

Mar. 5 (3:40 p.m.) Jose Angel Martinez, 33, of Manvel, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and No Insurance. Martinez was stopped when a registration check showed that Martinez did not have confirmed insurance coverage on the vehicle. Martinez did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance. His name was checked on the in-car computer and showed that Martinez’ driver’s license was suspended.

Mar. 7 (3:08 p.m.) Calvin Nathaniel Parker, 26, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 1400 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Parker was driving a vehicle with expired insurance. When the officer checked the driver’s license of the registered owner, he discovered that the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended. The photo of the registered owner matched that of the person driving the vehicle, so the vehicle was stopped and Parker’s identity was confirmed.

Mar. 8 (7:34 a.m.) Thomas James Thornton, 24, of Deer Park, was charged with Driving While License Invalid in the 2900 block of W. Parkwood Avenue. Thornton was driving a vehicle with no insurance and cancelled license plates. A passenger, Kimberly Wacker, 18, was turned over to Pasadena Police Department for outstanding warrants.

Mar. 10 (1:32 a.m.) Delightra Renee Davison, 46, of Houston, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Davison was stopped for an insurance violation in the 1500 block of S. Friendswood Drive. Davison did not have a driver’s license and her ID card was suspended. Davison was taken into custody and her vehicle was inventoried. During the inventory, a crack pipe was found.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don’t Showboat

Leaving certain things lying around your yard or in plain sight from the road can unwittingly lure thieves onto your property like frantic bargain hunters to a flea market. First, if you have a bike, scooter or skateboard that someone could easily walk away with; roll it inside or into your garage.

Also, after purchasing a new 70” LED TV or other pricey electronics or appliance, don’t leave the box out beside the trash can or recycling bin. That tells people you have sometime brand spanking new that could fetch decent dollars on the street. It may also leave them wondering what other nice things are inside your home.

You may also be showing off too much to people walking by your house. Open up your curtains, blinds or shades and stroll around the house and see what is visible. If you have a number of expensive items within plain sight or near windows, think about doing a minor redesign to move them out of view.

Run for Victims Rights

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Friendswood Police Department and the Friendswood Police Officers Association will be hosting the 2nd Annual Running for Rights of Victims 5K Run and 1K Kids Run. There will also be a Victim Awareness Walk, Safety Fair, Open House and K-9 Demonstration. The event will take place at the Friendswood Police Department, located at 1600 Whitaker Drive. Runners may register at www.thedriven.net or download the registration form. The 5K race is time-chipped and certified. All proceeds from registration fees will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Galveston County. To inquire about the event, contact Suzanne Sampson at 281-996-3349 or email ssampson@friendswood.com.

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