Padre Island Woman, Daughter Nab Two Crooks Overnight

A Padre Island woman, dressed in only a nightgown, managed to chase off and help police nab two suspected burglars Monday night.

The family has been victimized before. They have had both of their vehicles broken into this year, and on Monday night, the boat in their back yard was the target of criminals.

"My daughter came into my bedroom a little after midnight and said, 'Mommy, I'm scared. There are two young men standing in front of our house,'" said Holly Irby, who lives in the 13700 block of Eaglesnest Bay Drive, in the Padre Isles subdivision off Whitecap Road.

That was when she jumped from her bed and ran out the front door of her home.

"I saw my side-yard fence open and I called for her to call 911, and I saw a gentleman coming out of my fence carrying my husband's offshore fishing poles," Irby said.

The Irby family have had both their vehicles broken into since the beginning of the year, and on Monday night, their boat was being ransacked. Irby chased down the two men and held them until police arrived.

The suspects, identified as 21-year old Brandon Sanchez and 23-year old John Davis, were both charged with burglary of a vehicle after taking the fishing gear from the boat, valued at more than $2,400.

Police say that just in the past month, 13 vehicle thefts have been reported in the area. According to, in just the past two weeks alone, besides thefts from vehicles, seven other thefts have been reported along with three home break-ins. Police said many of those thefts are the result of unlocked doors and vehicles.

Irby said her daughter was the reason the two crooks were arrested.

"Oh, my daughter was fabulous," Irby said. "She was standing at the door with the door cracked when I went out and I saw the gate opened and I screamed call 911. She calmly called 911, gave them our full address and even our zip code."

Lorelei Irby, 11, doesn't think she did anything special, and had this advice for others.

"If they're being robbed and they're like, I don't know what to do, the best thing to do would probably be to call 911 and wait for the police to come," Lorelei said.


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