Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 15, 2013

Walmart bandit caught on run


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER



The Mineral Wells Police Department responded to two notable cases on Sunday: one involving some relationship drama and the other a repeat offender at the local Walmart.

The first was a disturbance call on Sunday morning around 10 a.m. According to MWPD, upon arrival they found a man who claimed his car had been stolen.

The 54-year-old had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house in the 500 block of NE 6th Avenue to retrieve some of his personal items.

But while he was in the house, he said his old flame and her daughter hopped into his 2009 Chevrolet HHR and peeled out of the driveway, leaving him behind.

Since the incident, MWPD said their detectives have received no response concerning the case.

Whether the ex-girlfriend returned the car is unknown, but, regardless, the victim is not seeking further help from officials.

Although there were no arrests or closure in that incident, police did take a man into custody that night.

According to a MWPD case narrative, officer Christen Bilski was dispatched to the Walmart Super Center on Farm-to-Market Road 1821 around 7 p.m., Sunday, in response to violations of criminal trespassing and theft.

When she arrived, she found on the store’s asset protection agents outside with a man, later identified as Juan Reyes.

Police said Reyes, 59, had already received a criminal trespassing warning in May of 2012, but has repeatedly violated the order. This time, the security guard told Bilski he believed Reyes also went past the point of sale with a Stanley Socket Set, valued at around $70. According to the narrative, Reyes claimed he brought the socket set to the store for an exchange, so Bilski suggested that they review the security camera video to see if Reyes was telling the truth.

But as the three were walking into the store, Reyes leapt on his bicycle and rode away. Bilski chased him through the parking lot, ordering him to stop, but could not keep up on foot. She radioed another officer, told him the direction Reyes was heading, and the other officer was able to intercept and arrest him.

Bilski and the protection agent watched Walmart’s security camera footage and, sure enough, saw Reyes come in empty-handed around 6:50 p.m. and leave 10 minutes later with the socket set.

After confirming with Mineral Wells dispatch that Reyes’ criminal trespass was still active, he was charged criminal trespassing, evading arrest and theft between $50 and $500 with two previous convictions. According to MWPD, Reyes previous thefts occurred in July of 2012.