Thieves Run From Store Employees Directly To Police

Occurred Monday, July 16, 2012, 1:35am, 4500 McGregor Dr. Theft, curfew violations

Two were arrested Monday morning after they ran with stolen property past a police officer at 1:35 in the morning near the Wal-Mart on Staples.

Corpus Christi Police Officer Paul Janko patrolled the 4500 block of McGregor and saw a man and a juvenile boy run past his marked patrol car at 1:35am. Officer Janko stopped the two and discovered 20-year-old Juan Sanchez and a 16-year-old boy had $78 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart and no receipt.

Officer Janko took the two back to Wal-Mart and investigated the possible theft. Wal-Mart employees verified that Sanchez and the juvenile had taken the merchandise without paying and then ran from the store until they ran past Officer Janko.

The merchandise was returned to the store and Sanchez was arrested for theft, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. Sanchez was also arrested for inducing night curfew punishable by a fine up to $200.

The 16-year-old juvenile was referred to the juvenile court and delivered to the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center for the theft and for violation of night curfew.


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