Dumb criminals simplify police work
Local law enforcement officers usually have a difficult challenge when it comes to solving crimes, but lately some dumb criminals have been making their job just a little easier.
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
Sugar Land police were looking for a man who answered a Facetime call on a stolen iPhone.
A woman told police her 13-year-old son was inside First Colony Mall near Spencer’s recently when he left his phone on a bench while talking with friends. When the boy sat down, the phone was gone. No one saw who took the phone.
A Facetime call was made to the missing phone, and a man answered, allowing his image to be captured. The boy’s mother reported the theft the following day. The man later turned himself in to authorities and the phone was returned to the owner.
STEAL A CAR, DRIVE BACK TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Last week Richmond police officers were dispatched to the YMCA located in the 900 block of Thompson Highway in reference to a stolen vehicle. As the victim finished his workout, around 1 p.m., he retrieved his gym bag and noticed that his keys and some money were missing. The victim called the police department and officers responded and took a report.
A couple of hours later, around 3:30 p.m., Richmond officers were dispatched to the area of Williams Way and Legion Drive in reference to this stolen car being in the area. Officers began checking the parking lot areas of the Fort Bend County Tax Office, courthouse parking garage, and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
The stolen vehicle was located in the sheriff’s office parking lot. Richmond Officer Todd Ganey went inside the lobby of the sheriff’s office and observed a black man matching the description from the YMCA security cameras. He was on a pay phone in the lobby of the sheriff’s office. As Ganey approached the subject, later identified as Deion Johnson, 21, of Richmond, he noticed he was holding a set of keys to a Hyundai. Ganey detained Johnson, who had been released from the Fort Bend County Jail at noon the same day.
Ganey verified that the keys in Johnson’s hand were to the stolen Hyundai. Johnson was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and placed back in the Fort Bend County Jail.
LOOKING LIKE A FOOL WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND
At about 3 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, a man broke into a Marco’s Pizza, located in the 7100 block of State Highway 99 in the Richmond area. The man found the safe inside the establishment and got away with more than $1,100.
The suspect is described as a heavyset black man, approximately 6-feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie, light colored sweat pants and black gloves.
“A couple of interesting matters with this theft are that, one, the suspect knew where the safe was, and two, the suspect had trouble keeping his pants up,” said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. “That sounds comical, but the bottom line is this guy got away with hard-earned cash.”
Anyone who has information on these crimes is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477), send a text message: Text FBCCS plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or submit online at www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com.
Information that leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect(s) involved could earn you up to $5,000 cash reward. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.