Friendswood police found a burglar sleeping in his blue minivan behind the HEB loading dock on February 8 at 2:34 a.m. An officer noticed the minivan during a business patrol and observed that it was occupied. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver’s side door opened and Gamaliel Covarrubias, 24, of Arcola, exited the vehicle with a screwdriver in his hand.
The officer checked Covarrubias’ driving history and found that he did not have a driver’s license. The officer checked the license plates on the vehicle and found that the plates did not match and did not belong on the vehicle. The officer removed the license plates and found the correct license plates underneath.
The officer asked Covarrubias if he had anything illegal inside the vehicle and he said he did! He had some marijuana. The officer searched the vehicle, found two baggies of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. Covarrubias was placed into custody and put in the back of a police vehicle. The officer continued searching the vehicle and found four credit cards with different names on them and three cell phones.
When the officer asked Covarrubias which phone belonged to him, he told the officer that he had stolen the phones. The officer read Covarrubias his Miranda Warning and questioned him some more. Covarrubias is a car burglar and had stolen the credit cards and phones from unlocked vehicles possibly in League City.
At the jail, the officers were inventorying the stolen property when one of the officers recognized the picture on one of the stolen cell phones. The officer was able to contact the phone’s owner and discover that the phone was stolen out of an unlocked vehicle parked in the 900 block of W. Viejo Drive in Friendswood.
Covarrubias was charged with Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Marijuana. His bond is set at $2,500. Covarrubias may have additional burglary charges once the other burglary victims are identified.