Law enforcement blotter, compiled by Lisa Tipton at BrownwoodNews.com.
Brownwood Police stopped a suspicious vehicle early Sunday morning resulting in the arrest of the 13-year-old driver who had taken two of his friends for a drive in a stolen vehicle.
A Brownwood police officer was on patrol in the 1600 block of 4th Street when he noticed a blue 1992 Chevy Caprice Classic at a stop sign around 4:30 a.m. When the driver went through the intersection at 4th Street and Avenue I, the officer heard a metal-on-pavement sound and noticed that the entire right front tire was missing, the report states. The officer then initiated a traffic stop.
The officer recognized the driver as a 13-year-old male who has been involved in several thefts in the area, according to police. Two other juveniles were in the vehicle. After determining that the vehicle did not belong to any of the juveniles? parents or another occupant of their household, the registered owner was identified and contacted. The owner did not give the juveniles permission to use the vehicle, and subsequently the driver was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The two other juveniles were released to their parents.
Investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen out of the owner?s driveway where it was parked, unlocked with the keys in the ignition.
Brownwood Police stated this was a crime of opportunity and that residents should always remove their keys and lock their vehicles to prevent burglary or theft of the vehicle.
In other reports and arrests released Monday & Tuesday, July 11-12:
Tuesday, July 5
3:06 p.m. ? Brownwood Police were called to 401 W. Commerce regarding criminal mischief. A vehicle had its right front window broken out. The cost to repair the window was estimated to be approximately $250. An arrest had not been made; however, a witness was identified and photographs of the suspect were obtained.
Friday, July 8
12:12 p.m. ? A police officer met with a woman who wished to report a theft. She said she is a co-troop leader and believes that a named suspect stole the troop?s cookie sales commission money. She showed the officer evidence the Girl Scout Council was not fully paid for cookies and that the troop?s commission was not deposited in the troop?s account, the report states.
2:02 p.m. ? Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of 2nd Street regarding an unwanted subject. The subject was issued a criminal trespass warning at the request of the homeowner. The homeowner was also issued a criminal trespass warning for the unwanted subject?s residence.
2:47 p.m. ? Brownwood Police received a report from Rent-a-Center regarding a customer hindering a secured creditor by concealing or stealing a 55-inch flat screen television. A suspect has been named; however, no arrest had been made.
2:59 p.m. ? Police were dispatched to the VFW post at 2300 Stephen F. Austin regarding forgery. A check had been forged and cashed for $400, which belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary. An investigation is pending, and a suspect has been named.
5:12 p.m. ? Police were called to 401 W. Commerce, Wal-Mart, where a loss prevention employee had two suspects detained for shoplifting. The employee said two suspects, a juvenile and 17-year-old Steven Frias of Bangs, attempted to leave the store without paying for a large quantity of items. Both were arrested for class B theft. Items stolen included three bottles of cologne, a plastic storage box, nearly $134 of consumable goods, dress pants, several hygiene products, a pillow case, a cell phone charger, toothbrush and athletic tape.
Brown County Sheriff?s Office responded to a report of theft of property on CR 411. The victim reported that in the last two months, 14-gauge copper wire had been stolen from his property. The wire was connected to the oil rigs on his property and is needed in order for the rigs to run properly. If a suspect can be identified, the complainant wishes to pursue charges.
Saturday, July 9
6:33 p.m. ? A man came to the Law Enforcement Center to report the theft of money from his bank account. The man reported a local lending company had continued to draft two payments, totaling over $300, out of his bank account after a debt was paid.
Brown County Sheriff?s Office received a report of theft. A woman she had an oral agreement with the suspect, who was given permission to use the vehicle with the condition that they make payments to her for a 2009 Chevrolet. According to the report, when the suspect repeatedly failed to make the payments, the complainant unsuccessfully attempted to have the vehicle repossessed. The suspect returned the vehicle to her property; however, it was missing approximately $2,000 of parts and accessories that were on the vehicle when the owner turned it over to the suspect, the report states.
Sunday, July 10
1:28 a.m. ? Brownwood Police were dispatched to 400 E. Commerce in reference to a fight. Two men, identified as 32-year-old Alexander McClendon and 26-year-old Fidencio Moya Jr., were determined to be intoxicated and were involved in the fight. McClendon and Moya were arrested for public intoxication.
8:09 a.m. ? Police were called to 1700 block of 2nd Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle. A man said his vehicle had been burglarized overnight, and a tan wallet containing his Texas driver?s license, debit card, credit card and other personal information was taken. A pair of eye glasses valued at $150 was also stolen.
8:44 a.m. ? Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Lipscomb regarding found property. The complainant had discovered an 18-speed bicycle. Officers checked the serial number to see if it had been reported as stolen and found that it had not. The bicycle was taken to the Brownwood Police Department for safekeeping until the owner could properly identify and claim it.
9:11 a.m. ? Police were called to the 1700 block of Waco regarding theft of medication. A woman said she believed that her son had stolen her medications. The medication had been in her purse before her son?s arrival at 10:30 p.m. July 7 and was missing after her son left the next day at 5:30 a.m.
9:15 a.m. ? Police were dispatched to 1600 block of Calvert, Brownwood Middle School, to a report of criminal mischief. The bottom glass of a door was broken on the east side of the school. Several rocks were observed near the broken glass pane. It did not appear that the suspect(s) entered the school. An investigation is pending.