Ex-East Central ISD booster club treasurer avoids prison in fraud case, for now
A San Antonio woman who had until Tuesday to pay back more than $201,000 in restitution in two felony fraud cases has gotten an extension after convincing a judge she is close to extracting equity from property tied up in a related civil lawsuit.
Neighborhood residents raise awareness after multiple car burglaries, thefts in their community
After their Fox Grove neighborhood was hit multiple times in one night with car burglaries, residents are hoping their frustrations raise awareness about the importance of being vigilant with your property.
Convicted thief under investigation again after accepting $6,800 for never-completed fence work
When Army veteran Tristan Seymour began searching online late last summer for a contractor to build a privacy fence, he went with the one who responded right away: a man who identified himself as Rene Elizondo.
Man’s arrest highlights ongoing problem with catalytic converter thefts
SAN ANTONIO – An arrest in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of car parts from a South side auto dealership is highlighting an ongoing problem. He is accused of stealing catalytic converters and causing damage to vehicles at South Point Automotive to the tune of more than $18,000. It says investigators also found evidence that he had sold one of the catalytic converters to a metal recycler. Police departments in Kerrville, Alamo Heights and Windcrest also had reports earlier this year of catalytic converters thefts. At this time, the only charge against Ramirez stems from the thefts in San Antonio.
Seguin police recover thousands in merchandise stolen from storage units
SEGUIN, Texas – Seguin police are asking Guadalupe County residents to check on their storage units after thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property was recovered. “We had criminals in surrounding areas where they scope out various storage units in the city and county,” said Rusty Suarez, assistant chief of Seguin police. They check if the units are locked or not.”Suarez said Seguin police are investigating several thefts that have taken place at storage facilities along 123 Bypass and Highway 46. AdThe department is asking anyone with any missing property from their units to check with the Seguin Police Department. “Ask about security cameras, lighting, if the units are enclosed in a fence.
Caught on camera: Woman struggles with suspect allegedly trying to steal her dog
WINDCREST – A Windcrest community is hoping a man caught on camera allegedly trying to steal a resident’s dog is brought to justice soon. The victim, a 68-year-old woman, was there when the attempted theft happened Monday afternoon at her home near Parkcrest and Moorside. “She hears somebody approaching and speaking to the dog saying, ‘Come here girl! Come here girl!’ So, she turns around and sees this man trying to steal her dog,” Presti said. Presti said this not the only complaint of a person trying to steal from pet owners.
5 vehicles, 45 car keys stolen by burglars at Ancira dealership, police say
SAN ANTONIO – While the temperatures were dropping this week in San Antonio, a few burglars used that as an opportunity to take new vehicles off of the Ancira dealership parking lot. The incident was discovered Wednesday by an employee at the Ancira dealership on I-10. That employee found a door smashed open, 45 car keys stolen and five vehicles gone. The vice president of the dealership believes the burglars were able to get away with so much because of the power outages. RELATED: Man fires gunshots in attempt to get officer’s attention of car burglary, police say
Perpetrator caught on camera breaking into mailboxes on far West Side
SAN ANTONIO – Residents in a San Antonio neighborhood on the far West Side are outraged at the number of times their mailboxes have been broken into. The resident, a veteran who asked not to be identified, said he initially had a camera installed on his property facing the mailboxes on Arrowhead Trail to watch for the person delivering the mail. “I usually check it every day, and this time when I check it, I noticed the back of the mailbox was open,” the veteran said. He reaches in and gets some mail and gets in his truck and he is gone!”Neighbors said they’ve been hit several times before. “I hope it stops them and it forces the Postal Service to replace these old 30-year-old mailboxes that are easy to pop open with more secure mailboxes.
San Antonio police searching for 2 men on bicycles in copper theft on SW Side
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police say two men on bicycles are the subjects of a search on the city’s Southwest Side early Monday morning. SAPD said the pair broke into a building in the 400 block of Citrus Avenue near Port San Antonio and stole a couple loads of copper wiring around 5 a.m.Police said the copper wire was located in barrels and that they did not take it out of any of the machines or equipment. A monetary value of the theft was not given. Investigators said an employee tried to stop the robbers, but they still got away. The men were last seen pedaling away on bicycles, police said.
San Antonio mother catches thieves stealing toys from daughter’s grave
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio mother is fighting back after she caught two people stealing toys from her daughter’s grave on surveillance video. I said, ‘My daughter can’t even rest peacefully because they are taking her belongings.’”The first camera Kennedy put up was vandalized. To me, all of that stuff is valuable to me because I buy it from my heart for my daughter.”Kennedy has filed a police report with San Antonio police. She said she wants the men caught, and she wants better security for the sake of the many loved ones buried at the cemetery. If you have any information that can help, you are urged to call San Antonio police.
Suspected fraudster now accused of stealing funds from East Central booster club
The woman, Ashlee Ring, had been serving as treasurer of the district’s FFA/agriculture booster club, despite being under indictment in an unrelated felony fraud case, public records confirm. Ring has not been formally charged in the booster club case. “The booster club neglected to follow best practices in accounting procedures, such as requiring two signatures for every transaction. ECISD police records show the alleged booster club theft is being investigated as a misapplication of fiduciary property between $2,500 and $30,000, a state jail felony. Oliver said via email that because the booster club is its own organization, a criminal background check was not required for its members.
Five people shot, one killed during shootout over stolen cell phone at South East side mobile home park
SAN ANTONIO – Update:The Bexar County Medical Examiner has identified the man who died during a shooting at an East Side mobile home park on Thursday night. Larry Alvarez, 18, was identified by county officials on Friday, police say he was shot twice in the abdomen. Original:Five people were shot, one of them killed, during an exchange of gunfire New Year’s Eve inside a southeast San Antonio mobile home park that started with a dispute over a stolen cell phone. SAPD officers responded to two scenes Thursday after a shootout at a southeast San Antonio mobile home park. A second suspect, a 21-year-old man, had been shot in the shoulder and is now listed as being in stable condition.
Retired veteran hopes crooks will return military items after truck, trailer stolen
SAN ANTONIO – A military family moving across the country is now the victim of a theft in Military City, USA, and they’re working on getting their belongings back from the crooks. The truck and trailer that held their belongings were stolen as they slept in a hotel in San Antonio. Kirkbide said losing his military medals, documents, and other personal items left him feeling violated. They were set to leave for Louisiana on Friday, but they plan to stay in San Antonio for a day or so in hopes of getting their belongings back. RELATED: Warrant: San Antonio man took money to build new home, never started it
Warrant: San Antonio man took money to build new home, never started it
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man arrested Wednesday was taken into custody nearly a year after he accepted money to construct a new home then never started the project, according to an arrest warrant. Alexander Steele, 52, faces a state jail felony charge of theft between $2,500 and $30,000. Steele last December deposited a $5,000 check written to him as a down payment to begin construction of a home in the 300 block of Spruce Street, San Antonio Police Department records show. Steele took the money but never started construction on the home build, according to his arrest warrant. His criminal history in Bexar County includes multiple arrests for violation of a protective order as well as previous theft charges.
San Antonio CBD shop owner asks for public’s help in finding burglary suspect
San Antonio – A local CBD shop owner is asking the community for help with the return of his life savings after someone broke into his small business and stole around $20,000 worth of property. “We started breaking even, which was good,” said Eric Beals, the co-owner of the shop. It has affected everybody and to have this happen, it is just one more knife in the wound.”On Tuesday night, a man broke in through the locked backdoor of their business. Unfortunately, they believe the suspect is a transient homeless man, which I hope is not the case. RELATED: San Antonio police asking for public’s help in finding person wanted for aggravated robbery
Convicted thief from San Antonio who promised to never work in contracting again now accused of similar scheme
SAN ANTONIO – A convicted thief who was once referred to by a judge as a “wolf who preys on the sheep of society" is now accused of carrying out a similar scheme after his release from jail last year. Lisa Fairchild said Elizondo abandoned the job despite structural issues with a fence, gates and a deck he installed in her backyard. She said after searching the internet, she finally made the realization that C. Rene Elizondo was actually Carlos Elizondo. Crystal McMillan said she realized Rene Elizondo was actually Carlos Elizondo after recalling how she made her initial payment for the work. Crystal and Damian McMillan say Elizondo abandoned his work on a deck for their backyard after installing four wooden posts.
Caught on Camera: Custom-built barbecue grill stolen from VFW Post
New Braunfels The VFW Post 7110 in New Braunfels is hoping for the return of their custom-built barbecue grill after someone stole it from their property Wednesday morning. It is really painful when things like this happen, said Mark Sheffield, with the post. This is happening to our veterans, the people who served this country.Sheffield said they captured the theft on camera. He said the grill was donated to them about seven years ago and it is valued at $1,500. They are urging anyone with any information regarding their stolen property to call police at (830) 221-4100.