A series of alleged crimes, including a robbery, finally led police to a suspected car burglar.
At least two people had items, including a firearm that was later recovered, stolen from their cars in the Hendrick Medical Center parking lot Friday night.
Abilene police obtained security footage of a female suspect from the hospital. Not long after, Kmart loss prevention employees reported 48-year-old Debra Davidson had allegedly stolen $1,300 in merchandise and assaulted an employee when she was caught.
“They detained the woman [and] there was a physical altercation of sorts,” Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler said.
Because of the alleged assault, police arrested Davidson for robbery. Officers discovered she also had prescription medication on her that she allegedly did not have a prescription for.
Spindler said Davidson requested medical attention after the assault and was taken to Hendrick.
“Fortunately one of the Hendrick security personnel noticed who she was,” Spindler said.
Spindler said officers suspect she is responsible for the car burglaries that occurred in the hospital parking lot earlier in the day.
The crime is not new to the hospital parking lot or the area around it. Hendrick Security Coordinator Greg Post said even though his security staff keep an eye out for threats at all hours of the day and night, hospital visitors need to lock their cars and remove their valuables.
“We have an aggressive patrol that we go out and physically check the parking lots,” Post said. “We also have 360 degrees of camera coverage with zooming capabilities on cameras. Those cameras are monitored 24/7 by our security officers.”
Spindler said police believe there may be several car burglary victims that have not yet been identified. Officers are waiting to interview all victims before charging Davidson with any car burglaries.
Police also suspect one victim prevented Davidson from getting into a car. Officers hope that person comes forward by contacting Detective Randy Brown at (325) 676-6610.