Four people were arrested in three separate thefts reported last week.
A theft was reported at a business at 4:12 p.m. April 26 in the 2000 block of Heights Drive, said Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson Jr., spokesman for the Harker Heights Police Department. Jonathan Gookin, 22, was arrested for allegedly stealing a Sony Blu-Ray player.
The next theft was reported at a business at 5:20 p.m. April 26 in the 2000 block of Heights Drive. Paskell Chivers, 38, and Edna Burleson, 26, were arrested for allegedly taking automobile headlights and miscellaneous cosmetic items from the store.
Another theft was reported at 2:48 p.m. April 23 in the 100 block of Stacie Road where police arrested Carl Grover, 42, for allegedly stealing more than $300 in cash from a victim.
Eleven thefts were reported to police this week.
“Most of our thefts were shoplifting from local businesses,” Wilson said. “There is a possibility that if a person hits one store and has success there, then they may come back.”
In a separate theft case, police reported Julius Williams, 20, was issued a citation for allegedly taking property from a business without paying for it at 12:44 p.m. April 23 in the 600 block of Indian Trail.
Two similar thefts were also reported at two separate businesses where suspects stole bottles of liquor. The first theft was reported at 1:16 p.m. April 25 in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway. The second was reported at 8:37 p.m. April 25 in the 500 block of West Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
Police said both thefts’ suspects include a white male and a black male, but authorities have not yet determined if the cases are related.
A theft was also reported at a residence at 7:45 a.m. April 25 in the 3300 block of Vineyard Trail. Copper wire and an air conditioning cable were stolen. Police noted this was the sixth vacant home on Vineyard Trail where copper and electrical wiring were taken in the past 10 months.
HHPD responded to 961 service calls this week. Wilson said the police department has noticed a drop in criminal activity, but officers remain alert.
“Officers still concentrate on neighborhoods where thefts occurred in prior weeks,” he said. “They will continue looking for key indicators that show when a suspect does return to an area.”
Police also indicated:
A theft was reported between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. April 21 in the 500 block of East Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Suspects took an iPod, headphones, a gaming systems and cash.
A theft was reported at 8 a.m. April 24 in the 300 block of Miller’s Crossing. About $200 in cash was stolen.
A theft was reported at a business at 10:30 a.m. April 20 in the 200 block of East Central Texas Expressway.
A theft was reported at 7:10 a.m. April 27 in the 200 block of Spanish Oaks Drive.
A criminal mischief complaint was reported at 9:23 p.m. April 27 in the 1500 block of Maya Trail.
A burglary of habitation was reported at 12:30 p.m. April 27 in the 1100 block of Indian Trail. Suspects gained entry to the residence and took a television set.
Possession of dangerous drugs case was reported at 12:44 a.m. April 28 at the intersection of East Central Texas Expressway and Nolan Ruth Blvd. Cedric Johnson, 29, was arrested for allegedly possessing illegal pills not prescribed to him as well as less than a gram of methamphetamine in his possession.
A burglary of habitation was reported at 12:28 p.m. April 28 in the 500 block of East Veterans Memorial Blvd. Joe Woodson, 53, was arrested for allegedly gaining entry into a residence and assaulting the victim.