Police Report – December 12, 2016

Burglary

Dec. 6 (3:30 p.m.) A tenant of the Baywood Apartments, located at 5025 FM 2351, reported a burglary. The tenant left his apartment on December 5 at 11:00 a.m. When he returned, he found that a large sum of cash was stolen from his home. There were no signs of forced entry and other valuables and cash were still present.

Theft

Dec. 6 (5:46 p.m.) A theft was reported at the 24 Hour Fitness located at 130 W. Parkwood Avenue. The victim is an employee of the gym. Her wallet was stolen from a locker in the women’s locker room. She placed her belongings into a locker at approximately 7:02 a.m. When she returned to the locker room at 1:27 p.m., she found that her purse had been gone through and her wallet was gone.

Dec. 9 (10:37 a.m.) An expensive diamond ring was stolen from a residence in the 2100 block of Butler Drive. The owner suspects a member of a construction crew that was working inside the home.

Dec. 9 (4:35 p.m.) A package was stolen from a residence in the 1800 block of Palo Duro. The package contained children’s clothing. The post office confirmed delivery to her home and said there was not much they could do to help her due to it being the holidays and this type of crime occurring often.

Fraud

Dec. 6 (3:56 p.m.) A Friendswood resident received an expresso machine by mail and thought that it might be a Christmas gift. After checking with friends and family, no one purchased it. The company who shipped the merchandise advised that the order was placed using the victim’s address and credit card.

Dec. 6 (5:35 p.m.) A Friendswood man reported fraudulent charges on his credit card account. The victim received a text from his credit card company advising him of a suspicious charge. It was for $209 at a GNC store in the Woodlands. The victim replied and indicated that the charge was fraudulent. Later, the victim checked his account online and found another unauthorized charge at the Gander Mountain store in Spring for $194. When the victim called the store, he was told that the purchase was for a sleeping bag and an 8-person tent and that they had video of the purchase and the same person attempting to purchase the same items with another card as well.

Dec. 7 (11:30 a.m.) A Friendswood landlord reported that one of her renters wrote a fraudulent check on a closed account. The check was to cover the first month’s rent and a deposit. The renter has also failed to pay his November or December rent. An eviction is in the process and now a theft by check charge is pending an investigation.

Dec. 7 (3:07 p.m.) A Friendswood construction company employee received a bogus email from who she thought was one of the bosses. The email said that further instructions would be emailed about sending a payment for a service expense. The next email stated that a payment for $21,869 should be paid to a Florida company and gave an account number and routing address. When the secretary emailed the bank, she copied the boss who told her that the instruction she received were fraudulent. This was the second time an unknown person had sent fraudulent requests through email. Fortunately, the company did not encounter any loss.

Dec. 8 (9:42 a.m.) A forged checked was cashed at a Friendswood Bank in the amount of $1,870. The account holder verified the forgery and the driver’s license presented to the suspect was provided as evidence, along with surveillance pictures. At the time of the report, the suspect was being held in the Friendswood jail on unrelated charges. The suspect told police that he was picked up some people at a homeless shelter and told that he could earn money to cash the fraudulent checks.

Dec. 8 (6:16 p.m.) A Friendswood woman found several unauthorized transactions on her checking account. At one point, her account was overdrawn. The victim believes her information was compromised after recently writing a check.

Dec. 9 (10:06 a.m.) Someone used a check with a Friendswood resident’s bank information on it to purchase items from Carters. The total amount of the check was $296. The suspect who passed the forged checked has several similar offenses under investigation in other jurisdictions.

Dec. 9 (11:30 a.m.) A Friendswood woman reported six fraudulent charges on her bank account. All of the charges were over $900.

Dec. 9 (9:04 p.m.) A Friendswood woman’s debit card number was used without her permission at a corner store in Houston.

Narcotics

Dec. 6 (3:13 p.m.) Antonio Jose Sandoval, Jr., 23, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Amy Rhea Gates, 20, of League City, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. An officer was in the 1700 block of FM 527 when he conducted a routine license plate check on a vehicle. The vehicle was stolen. Sandoval was driving, so he and the passenger, Gates, were asked to exit the vehicle. Sandoval advised that he had borrowed the vehicle from a friend in Dickinson. During an inventory of the vehicle, an officer found 6.2 grams of cocaine, baggies with cocaine residue, a scale, cut up straws and a pawn shop receipt.

Dec. 6 (11:18 p.m.) Melton McGee, Jr., 20, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. McGee was stopped in the 4100 block of Townes Forest Road when he drove into oncoming lanes and failed to signal a turn. When the officer contacted McGee, he noticed an open container of alcohol. Both McGee and the passenger, Shquail Marie Wilkins, 18, of Houston, were under 21 years of age so the officer asked them to exit the vehicle. McGee was asked to extinguish his cigarette and as soon as the cigarette smoke cleared, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found three baggies of marijuana. McGee was charged with the marijuana; Wilkins had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

Dec. 7 (1:15 a.m.) John Joseph Klenk, 25, of Friendswood, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Meghan Nicole Grigar, 27, of Webster, was charged with Expired License Plates. Grigar made a wide right turn onto W. Bay Area Blvd at a high rate of speed. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 2800 block of W. Bay Area Blvd and noticed that the vehicle also had expired registration. Girgar and Klenk exited the vehicle. As Klenk exited, he pulled something out of the front of his pants and tossed it on the ground. It was a flashlight with four Alprazolam pills inside.

Dec. 9 (9:25 a.m.) Officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of S. Friendswood Drive regarding a suspicious male sitting in an SUV. The suspicious vehicle was parked in the front of the business since opening time. When officers arrived, they located the man and identified him. At first, the man gave the identifiers of a deceased man but then admitted that his name was Sean Daniel Wallace, 35, of Alvin. Wallace was in possession of 7 diazepam pills. He also had a warrant for arrest with the U.S. Marshal’s Service. A female was with the man and identified herself as Natalie Howsley. After a few minutes, she told the officer that she wanted to come clean and gave her true identity as Sharlene Dee Priddy, 44, of Alvin, and advised that she possibly had a probation violation warrant. Priddy had five Somas in her pocket. Both Wallace and Priddy were charged with Failure to Identify – Fugitive.

Dec. 9 (10:55 p.m.) Chase Robert Kirkwood, 20, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3. Kirkwood was stopped for several traffic violations in the 100 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. The officer contacted Kirkwood, detected the smell of marijuana and could see marijuana shake on the driver’s lap. The officer searched the vehicle and found Kirkwood’s wallet containing his Texas Offender’s Card right next to a Xanax pill. Kirkwood’s bond was set at $1,500.

Dec. 10 (1:23 a.m.) Brandon Tyler Huerta, 18, of Alvin, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Huerta was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1400 block of S. Friendswood Drive. During the officer’s contact with Huerta, he detected the smell of marijuana and observed several open containers of alcohol. Huerta and his three passengers exited the vehicle. When one of the passengers exited, he had marijuana shake on his shoes, socks and shirt. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found several cigarillo bags containing marijuana residue, a container with marijuana residue a purple grinder and marijuana shake all over the back seat. Huerta was taken to jail. His passengers received citations for open container, Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Driving While Intoxicated

Dec. 9 (2:26 a.m.) Andrew Jaimi Williamson, 41, of La Marque, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Williamson was stopped for speeding in the 400 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. Once the officer got behind the vehicle, she noticed that the vehicle was weaving and then failed to signal a turn. Williamson exhibited signs of intoxication. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood and breath test. Williamson’s bond was set at $1,000.

Public Intoxication

Dec. 8 (1:14 a.m.) Michael Ryan Weldon-Ortiz, 27, of Pearland, was charged with Public Intoxication. A disturbance was reported at the Time Out Sports Bar located at 3338 FM 528. According to the bartenders, Weldon-Ortiz was belligerent and drunk, was cut off from purchasing any more alcohol and was kicked out of the bar after initiating a physical altercation with another bar patron. Weldon-Ortiz was found in the parking lot. He exhibited signs of intoxication and was taken into custody for public intoxication.

Traffic

Dec. 9 (5:06 p.m.) Jonathan Jacob Flores, 32, of Webster, was charged with Driving While License Invalid and No Insurance. Flores was involved in a minor accident at the intersection of Blackhawk Blvd and Friendswood Link Road. Flores did not have current insurance and his driver’s license was suspended.

Dec. 11 (11:36 p.m.) Raquel Rodriguez, 49, of Alvin, was charged with Unsafe Speed, Unsafe Lane Change, Fail to Signal Lane Change and Fail to Maintain Single Lane. Jorge Simon Delgado, 40, of Alvin, was charged with Public Intoxication. A witness reported a reckless driver in the 2900 block of FM 528. The driver was failing to maintain a single lane, making abrupt lane changes without signaling and traveling at a high rate of speed. Rodriguez was identified as the driver and advised that she was having a verbal altercation with the passenger, Delgado, who was intoxicated.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Shepherd Program

Overnight Saturday, Friendswood police officers and firemen conducted an extensive search for an 11-year old child who failed to come home after the Friendswood Christmas Parade. Fortunately, the child spent the night at a friend’s house and was in no danger. Sunday morning at around 8:30 a.m., a fire truck was patrolling the area looking for the missing child when they noticed a boy jumping on a trampoline, recognized him and notified the command post.

The Friendswood Police Department has a program that focuses on citizens with special needs that can make them at-risk to wander. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals diagnosed with Autism. The program is called the “Shepherd” program and it is based on a program that was started by the Deer Park Police Department.

It is a registry and database program that allows law enforcement to have access to critical information in advance of a missing person search and designed to help safely reunite families of participants. The information collected is both critical in locating a missing person and it is required by the State to launch a Silver or Endangered Missing Person Alert.

Participation is voluntary and free of charge. It is open to families with at-risk family members who reside in the home. The Friendswood Police Department only requires that you completely fill out an application for the family member you wish to register. Collected information is treated as confidential and kept secure in the police department’s communication center where it can be accessed immediately. The program has been carefully designed to ensure the police department has up to date information and photographs of the most at-risk residents. Annual registration is required.

Persons who attend mainstream or specialized schools, or attend child care or adult day care programs or camps for adults or children with Autism or Alzheimer’s are eligible to register for the Shepherd program. Information and applications for the Shepherd program can be obtained on the City website at www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/shepherd-program or picked up from the Friendswood Police Department.

Blue Santa

Friday, December 16 is the last day to donate toys to the Friendswood Blue Santa program. This gives the police officers and volunteers time to sort and wrap the toys before Christmas. The program accepts new, unwrapped toys, wrapping paper, wrapping supplies and monetary donations.

You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Share your Christmas with a child. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to Friendswood Blue Santa!

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