The Huntsville Police Department is currently investigating a multi-jurisdictional theft ring that spans from Irving to Conroe.
According to HPD Lieutenant Jim Barnes, two instances of “purse snatching” in the Huntsville Wal-Mart parking lot were observed by concerned citizens and Wal-Mart employees, and information provided by these onlookers led to arrests.
Lieutenant Barnes said, “On January 9th, an elderly female was the victim of a ‘purse snatching’ in the Huntsville Wal-Mart parking lot, and on January 10th, a second elderly female fell victim to the same crime in the same parking lot.” Lt. Barnes said, “Thankfully, neither victim was injured, and a concerned citizen was able to copy down the license plate number on the suspect’s vehicle on the January 9 incident.”
The Huntsville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) began following up leads and provided the Patrol Division the information about the suspect’s vehicle.
Lt. Barnes said, “On January 12th, HPD Senior Officer Broderick Davis observed the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot of Motel 6. Officer Davis detained the vehicle and its three occupants.” He said,“Meanwhile, additional officers responded to the area and located four additional subjects in a hotel room.
Miguel Rodriguez, an 18-year-old Huntsville resident, was arrested at the scene for an out-of-county assault warrant and failure to identify. Felony Theft charges are pending.
As well, Norma Carnedas, a 17-year-old Huntsville resident, was arrested for failure to identify. Felony Theft charges are pending.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.