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2009-06-11 / Police

Giddings Police Report

June 1, 2009

On Monday at approximately 11:46 a.m., Officer Joseph Harrison received a call from dispatch in reference to a trailer that had been stolen the night before. Dispatch advised that the victim, Joe Rebovich, was at Giddings High School. Upon arrival, Harrison spoke with Rebovich who stated that his trailer was stolen from H&H Storage located at 1370 W. Austin between May 31 at 5:30 p.m. and June 1, 2009 at 7:30 a.m. Rebovich advised that the trailer is a black 18-foot pipe trailer with spoke wheels and white hub caps. The trailer also had a plywood box containing numerous tools located on the front end and a Greenlee box located on the back. A black tarp was covering the front half of the trailer while a canvas tarp covered the Greenlee box. Anyone with information is asked to call the Giddings Police Department at 979-540-2700.

June 2, 2009

On Tuesday at approximately 4 p.m., Officer Harrison received a call from dispatch in reference to forgery. Upon arrival at the police department, Harrison spoke with Jennifer Rodea and Norma Garcia and they advised that someone has stolen a company check and cashed it for a large amount of money. Rodea stated that while checking her bank statement she realized that an outdated check had just been cashed within the last few days. This seemed odd to Rodea, so she checked her company payroll and the signer of the check, Joe Cantu, has never worked for her. This case is currently under investigation.

June 2, 2009

At approximately 10:12 p.m., Officer Adam Shepard conducted a traffic stop on a blue Isuzu Rodeo in front of Sears located at the 500 block of East Austin Street in Giddings. Upon his first approach of the vehicle, Shepard met with the driver, Victor Manuel Melgar- Morales. Shepard asked him for his driver's license and insurance and Melgar-Morales gave the officer an ID card and stated that he had no insurance. At this time, Melgar-Morales was issued a citation for no driver's license and no insurance and his car was towed.

June 3, 2009

While on routine patrol in the Wal-Mark parking lot, Officer Connolly was flagged down by an employee of Wal-Mart . She said that when she went out to her vehicle she noticed that a window on the right side of the vehicle had been shattered. Connolly observed a small hole on the comer of the glass that resembled a pellet or a shot from a BB gun. Connolly took photos, and the case is under investigation.

June 3, 2009

On Wednesday, at 10:34 p.m., Officer Spencer and Officer Ray were dispatched to 272 Edgewood. Keisha Sampson reported that when she arrived to her apartment building, she began walking up the flight of stairs to her second story apartment. Sampson reported that while she was on the stairs, someone grabbed her purse from her shoulder and took off running. Sampson provided a description of the suspect and the information was broadcast over the radio. The suspect was not located and the case is currently under investigation.

June 3, 2009

At approximately 4:57 p.m., Detective Corporal Lacey Carvin met with Virginia Saunders in reference to lost or stolen property. Saunders advised that she had either lost or misplaced her Texas driver's license. Saunders could not recollect when she last had her driver's license and did not know where she lost it. Saunders had filed a report with DPS driver's license division prior to filing a police report. Carvin provided Saunders with identity theft information and advised her to monitor her credit reports for any suspicious activity and report any fraudulent activity immediately. Case closed. Information only.

June 5, 2009

On Friday at approximately 3:53 a.m., while on routine patrol, Officer Shane Ray was dispatched to 1413 E. Washington Street in reference to a possible disturbance that could happen between two subjects. Upon arrival, Sergio Sanchez was found to be intoxicated and not willing to contact someone to come and pick him up. Sanchez was arrested for public intoxication, Class C.

June 5, 2009

At approximately 9:17 a.m., Officer Joseph Harrison was running stationary traffic at the 500 block of E. Industry and observed a gold Chevrolet Malibu run the stop sign at E. Industry and S. Polk. Harrison then initiated a traffic stop on this vehicle and they stopped at the 500 block of S. Madison. The driver was identified as Juan Benavidez and proof of insurance was provided. After dispatch checked his license status through TCIC it became known that his license was suspended. It was found that Benavidez had been arrested for driving while license suspended once before. Harrison then issued Benavidez a citation for DWLI, 2nd Misd. B without further incident.

June 5, 2009

On Friday at approximately 7:26 p.m., while on routine patrol, Officer Shane Ray responded to the Giddings High School parking lot to assist other officers on location. Upon arrival, it was explained that a vehicle had illegally parked and blocked two other vehicles in. Occupants of one of the blocked in vehicles reportedly sat on the illegally parked vehicle and caused damage. Forwarded case to detectives and advised victim to obtain estimates of the damage. All subjects released.

June 6, 2009

At around 9:56 p.m., Officer Connolly while on routine patrol observed a van in the 1200 block of E. 290 with a headlight out. After making contact with the driver, Connolly found out that the driver did not have a Texas Driver's license or proper insurance on the vehicle. Officer Griffin arrived on scene to assist Connolly with the vehicle until Tillery Wrecker Service arrived. The male subject was released, and was cited for no operator license, and no insurance. Griffin gave the male subject a courtesy ride to a nearby hotel.

June 7, 2009

On Sunday at approximately 8:29 a.m., Sgt. Anthony Ramirez conducted a traffic stop on a green 1993 Ford Aerostar Van at the 800 block of N. Ellis Street for no front license plate. As Ramirez was initiating the traffic stop, he observed the front right passenger making movements as if he was concealing or reaching for something. Ramirez made contact with the driver, identified as Thomas Escamilla, and asked him to step out of the van. Ramirez also asked the passenger, identified as Keith Owen, to step out. Ramirez asked Owen what he was doing reaching or concealing something and he stated that he was getting a cigarette. Ramirez asked him if he had anything illegal in the vehicle and he stated no. Ramirez obtained consent from Escamilla to search the vehicle, and a switchblade knife was located between the two front seats of the van. Ramirez asked who the knife belonged to and Owen admitted that the knife was his. Owen was placed under arrest for prohibited weapons, and transported to the Lee County Sheriff's Department for processing.

June 7, 2009

On Sunday at approximately 9:15 a.m., Officer Joseph Harrison responded to a residence on S. Williamson Street where he met with Lyndal Rawls. Rawls stated that at about 1:30 a.m. that morning someone threw eggs at her house causing the yoke to stain the exterior. It is believed that local juveniles caused this damage.

June 7, 2009

On Sunday at approximately 2:56 p.m., Officer Joseph Harrison responded to a call of criminal mischief at 474 N. Waco St. Upon arrival, Harrison spoke with Macco Mack who stated that sometime between the evening hours of June 5 and the morning hours of June 7, 2009 someone broke a window on the north side of his building. Mack stated that he did not notice anything missing within the building and estimated that the cost of the window would be about $200.

June 7, 2009

At 5:56 p.m. Officer Spencer met with Irma Delacruz at the Police Department. Delacruz reported that she had left her wallet in a shopping cart at B&W. When she returned for her wallet it was gone. The wallet was lost around 4:30 p.m.

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