Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 19, 2013

Victim reports $5,000 in unauthorized debits

Police report number of recent property crimes


— By CHRIS AGEE



A stolen purse report became a forgery investigation for local police when the complainant noticed a substantial amount of money missing from an account.

Reports indicate the victim’s purse was stolen about a month ago from Mineral Wells High School, at which time she filed a theft report with police.

The complainant followed up with a report Friday afternoon, telling authorities about $5,000 was removed from an electronic-only account.

Several items were reportedly taken during a recent residential theft, according to authorities.

Police reports indicate the complainant was entertaining an acquaintance and left the home, located in the 400 block of N.W. 5th Street, for a short time and returned to discover several items missing.

Among the reportedly stolen possessions is a paintball gun valued at $400, a semiautomatic rifle, and a guitar.

An acquaintance is to blame for another recent theft, according to the incident report.

Police responded to a residence in the 3000 block of N.E. 2nd Street Sunday evening in response to the report.

The suspected thief was helping the complainant move and, according to reports, took a wallet containing $300 in cash and several forms of identification.

Approximately 30 feet of metal welding leads were taken from a machine located in the front yard of a home in the 300 block of S.E. 15th Avenue, according to a recent report.

Police responded to the complaint last week and reported the estimated value of the stolen metal was $300.

Management  of a retailer in the 100 block of S.E. 17th Avenue stopped an individual recently after witnessing the attempted theft of several food items. The subject was detained until authorities arrived a short time later.

Police issued the individual a citation and prohibited return to the establishment.

A resident in the 1200 block of N.W. 1st Avenue faces theft of service allegations after turning the home’s gas on after the provider shut it off for nonpayment.

Reports indicate the occupant reversed the service provider’s action twice, unlocking the home’s meter and using about $72 worth of gas.