Police Recover Items Believed Stolen from CASA

Corpus Christi police recovered Tuesday some of the items that were stolen from CASA of the Coastal Bend. Those items were in a home just a few blocks from the CASA building.

Police were dispatched Tuesday morning to a home in the 2400 block of Cloyde Street, where items believed to be stolen from CASA of the Coastal Bend were located.

That home is just a few blocks from the CASA building, and the homeowner did not even know the stolen goods were inside of her house.

"I opened the door to check if he was in there," said Maria Gloria, who found the stolen items in her home. "That's when I turned on the light and I saw all the stuff on the bed."

Gloria had allowed a young man who was once an acquaintance of her daughter to stay at her home. She said she felt bad for him, so she let him stay in her son's old bedroom because it would be cold for the next few days.

It was in the overnight hours Monday when thieves used a large brick to break the windows and gain entry to the CASA building. They made off with several laptops, a projector, the security system and toys that were going to be given to the children that CASA serves.

On Tuesday morning, Gloria went out to throw her trash and found a purse and some prescription medications inside of her trash can. They didn't belong to anyone in her home, so she called the number on the pill bottles. Turns out, they belonged to one of CASA's employees.

Gloria went into her son's bedroom to confront the young man who had been staying with her. He was gone, but she found laptops, cameras, wallets and even toys spread out all over the bed. She immediately contacted the police.

Crime Scene Investigators arrived at the home just before 11 a.m. and hauled out the stolen items.

"You let your door for one person, it's like the last time you're going to want to open your doors," Gloria said. "Thank God they came and took care of that already, because I don't even know who else he stole from or whatever. I hope they return the items."

Gloria said she didn't often see the suspect when he was staying with her. She would only see him after work, and never noticed anything suspicious. One thing they did notice, however, was that a man came to visit him on Sunday night. The suspect came out and spoke with him, and then Gloria went back to sleep.

Now, Gloria said she hopes the suspect does not return.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the burglary and look for the suspect or suspects. No arrests have been made. If you have any information that can help police, please call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.


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