PISD police nab suspects

(From The Pasadena Citizen- March 21, 2004)

Pasadena Independent School District police officers caught two suspects minutes after they allegedly stole a Sam Rayburn High School teacher's purse Friday afternoon.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was putting her groceries in her vehicle in the parking lot of Kroger Food Store, 3550 Spencer Highway, when she noticed a car veer toward her shopping cart.

"I thought they were going to hit it so I was getting ready to get out of the way," she said. One of the suspects reportedly reached out and grabbed her purse, which was in the shopping cart.

"I was stupid. I am normally very careful, but it was broad daylight and there were so many people in the parking lot," she said.

She said a man who witnessed the incident asked her if she needed any help, and she asked him to get the vehicle's license plate number. The man told her that the car did not have a license plate. She called 911 and reported the incident, and then she called the PISD police.

The PISD Police Department had units in the area and began searching. According to Troy Harrison, PISD police assistant chief, a vehicle matching the victim's description was found in the Target parking lot at 5757 Fairmont Parkway.

After suspects exited Target and began to leave in the car, officers on the scene made a traffic stop, Harrison said.

The suspects, Cheri M. Ingles, 23, and David M. Brennan, 45, both of Webster, were taken into custody for investigation of robbery. The suspects allegedly used a credit card at Target and charged $240 worth of electronics before they were stopped about 20 minutes after the purse was taken, Harrison said.

According to Pasadena Police Department Detective R. Herrera, both suspects were to be charged with robbery and forgery on Saturday. Police also believe that the two may be linked to other cases at other area police departments.

The Pasadena Police Department took custody of the suspects, Harrison said. The merchandise that was purchased with the credit card was taken for evidence by the Pasadena Police Department, which will be handling the case. Harrison said that since the merchandise was recovered, the victim will not be responsible for the charges on the account.

The victim said a check is missing from her check book, and a $20 bill and her driver's license were missing after the police recovered the purse.

"When (the PISD police) arrived I told them it was a waste of time to try to catch them," the victim said.

She said she had been friends with the officers before and thought they were wonderful before her purse was taken.

Harrison said the district police department has responded to similar incidents before. Often, when a purse is stolen, the suspects will quickly try to use the credit cards, Harrison said.

"It was nothing but good heads up and choosing the right places to go," Harrison said.

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