• December 20, 2014

Man accused of taking military items from vehicle

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Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:00 pm

A man was arraigned on felony theft charges in Killeen on Wednesday, after police said he and two other people took military equipment and other items from a parked vehicle.

Oscar Rodriguez, 20, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on a charge of theft of property, over $1,500, but less than $20,000. Cooke set Rodriguez’s bail at $20,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, a witness observed a man pulling on the door handles of vehicles at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Andover Drive on July 17.

The man found a vehicle with the doors unlocked, and watched a man and two others take items out of the vehicle.

The witness called police.

An officer was dispatched and pulled over a truck containing three occupants he saw leave an apartment complex parking lot.

The officer observed a large amount of property in the vehicle.

That property included military Kevlar gear and a ballistics vest, the affidavit stated.

Other property found in the vehicle included a Garmin GPS system, propane tanks, computers and stereo equipment.

The total value of all the items found was about $2,330, the affidavit stated.

Police found a man they believe owns the property.

He told them the items were taken without his permission.

Rodriguez is currently in custody in Bell County Jail.

Cooke also arraigned Ricky Darnell Ball Jr. on an unrelated charge of burglary of a habitation Tuesday. Cooke set Ball’s bail at $50,000.

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