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Police alert public after day-care burglaries

January 25, 2019 GMT

Authorities are warning residents about recent vehicle break-ins at day care facilities and seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect in a Jan. 11 vehicle burglary at The Goddard School, 1650 Friendswood Lakes Blvd.

The victim reportedly left her vehicle running with her purse in the driver’s-side floorboard while she walked her child into the school a little before 9 a.m. When she returned to her vehicle, the purse was gone, police said.

She then received an alert that her credit card was being used, according to the report. The suspect attempted to purchase two $500 gift cards at Kroger, 151 N. Friendswood Drive, but the transaction was declined, police said.

In a recent Facebook post, the police department addressed a series of daycare center vehicle burglaries and reminded vehicle owners to remove valuables and lock their doors.

“For moms, leaving a purse inside your car, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, is pretty easy; however, the recent rash of car burglaries in our area prove it’s just as easy for thieves to take what belongs to you,” the department posted on the Friendswood City page. “Thieves know that you are there every single day and feel safe. They target your safe place because they know that women are more likely to just leave their stuff in the car, jump out and not even bother locking the car. Just remember, if the opportunity presents itself and thieves have something they can take, they will take it.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Friendswood police, 281-996-3300.

Police also reported the following recent incidents:

Burglary

An Apple laptop, a 55-inch TV and an Xbox One were reported stolen Jan. 7 from a residence at the Reserve at Autumn Creek Apartments, 3102 W. Bay Area Blvd., police said. The victim left the apartment Dec. 28 and returned Jan. 7 to find the front door broken and items scattered around the residence, according to the report. The victim reportedly believes other electronics and miscellaneous items are missing. A similar burglary occurred at the same apartment building Dec. 31, police said.

A vehicle burglary was reported Jan. 9 in the 16500 block of Bougainvilla Lane, police said. The doors were left unlocked, and loose change was stolen, according to the report.

About $1,000 in foreign currency and jewelry were reported stolen Jan. 11 from a home in the 3000 block of Autumn Harvest Drive, police said. The victim returned from an out-of-town trip to find the back door unlocked and glass on the floor, according to the report.

A purse was taken Jan. 12 from a vehicle at Friendswood Junior High School, 1000 Manison Parkway, police said. The victim reportedly locked her purse in the trunk at 12:10 p.m. and learned at 12:30 p.m. that her vehicle had been burglarized.

Forgery

Police charged an Angleton man, 48, with forgery after he allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check Jan. 8 at BBVA Compass Bank, 113 N. Friendswood Drive. The $4,000 restaurant check reportedly had been flagged. A bank employee called the check owner and learned eight checks for more than $11,000 already had been cashed, police said. The suspect also cashed checks totaling $7,500 the same day at a Compass Bank in Shadow Creek and another on Spencer Highway, according to the report. In custody, the suspect was found in possession of a crack pipe and cocaine residue, police said. Bond was set at $60,000.

Fraud

An unknown person opened a Verizon account using a Friendswood resident’s identity, according to a Jan. 10 police report.

A Friendswood woman’s credit card was used fraudulently to purchase more than $18,000 worth of Apple products, according to a Jan. 11 police report. The suspect allegedly purchased a SIM card in New York, transferred the victim’s phone information to another phone and registered her credit card with Apple Pay.

A Friendswood man learned his bank account was compromised when someone made an in-branch withdrawal for $800 at a bank in Tampa, Florida, according to a Jan. 9 police report.

Narcotics

Police charged a Friendswood woman, 27, with marijuana possession after a traffic stop for an insurance violation Jan. 7 in the 100 block of East Parkwood Avenue. A vehicle search yielded marijuana in the center console, police said. Bond was set at $1,000.

A 20-year-old League City man was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance after a traffic stop Jan. 8 in the 3100 block of West Bay Area Boulevard, police said. The man, a passenger, reportedly had 100 tabs of Soma in his pocket and three bags of marijuana in his backpack. The driver had a suspended driver’s license, according to the report.

Police charged an Alvin man, 34, with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop for unsafe lane changes Jan. 8 in the 1300 block of South Friendswood Drive. The officer reportedly observed an orange pill bottle in the glove box and marijuana on the center console during the stop. A vehicle search yielded Adderall and hydrocodone, police said. Bond was set at $2,000.

Police charged an 18-year-old Webster man with possession of marijuana and a controlled substance after observing what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug deal Jan. 9 in the 2800 block of West Bay Area Boulevard. An officer stopped a vehicle involved in the transaction as it left a parking lot and found marijuana inside, according to the report. Meanwhile, another officer noticed two pedestrians and identified them as involved in the exchange as well, police said. The male pedestrian, the 18-year-old charged, reportedly had four large bags of marijuana, three cartridges of THC oil, Adderall, alprazolam, a scale and currency in his backpack.

Driving while intoxicated

Police charged a 28-year-old Denim Springs, Louisiana, man with DWI after a traffic stop for speeding Jan. 10 in the 900 block of West Parkwood Avenue. He reportedly failed a field sobriety test and agreed to a breath test. He had an open bottle of beer inside his vehicle, police said, and bond was set at $1,500.

A League City man, 36, was charged with DWI after a traffic stop for an insurance violation Jan. 11 in the 200 block of East Parkwood Avenue, police said. His driver’s license reportedly was expired. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, according to the report. Bond was set at $1,500.

A Friendswood man, 27, was charged with DWI after he ran a red light Jan. 12 in the 3300 block of FM 528, police said. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, according to the report.

Police charged a Hitchcock man, 47, with DWI after an officer reportedly observed him driving recklessly Jan. 12 in the 1300 block of West Parkwood Avenue. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath or blood test, police said.

Other

Police charged a 17-year-old student with possession of a tobacco product by a minor on campus Jan. 11 at Friendswood High School, 702 Greenbriar Ave. Campus administrators received an anonymous tip that claimed the student was in possession of a Juul vape pen, police said. An administrator confronted the student, who relinquished the vaping pen along with the charger and two pods, according to the report. In addition to school discipline, the student will receive a summons to appear in court.

A Pasadena man, 24, was charged with failure to identify after a verbal disturbance Jan. 12 at the Reserve at Autumn Creek Apartments, 3102 W. Bay Area Blvd., police said. The man and his girlfriend were found on the property, though neither lived there, according to the report. The man reportedly provided a false name and bogus Social Security number when asked for identification.