Father and son shoplifters arrested in thefts www.privateofficer.com
Allen TX Nov 20 2010 Police officers arrested three men, two of whom are father and son, on shoplifting charges yesterday.
The trio was arrested after officers responded to a theft-in-progress call from the Home Depot at 909 W. McDermott Dr. Store security guards reported that Robert Juarez, 38 of Dallas; George Antonio Hernandez, also 38, of Dallas; and George Antonion Hernandez’s 20-year-old son, San Antonio resident George Albert Hernandez, were attempting to steal an air-powered nail gun.
The officers pursued the trio on foot and found them attempting to leave the area in a black four-door sedan at the Harley Davidson store near McDermott and U.S. 75. The sedan was found to contain more than 10 new-in-package iPod Nano music players, a laptop and several other unopened electronic devices. No receipts or any other proof of purchase have been located for the products, Sgt. John Felty of Allen PD said Thursday.
The men were arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony charge. George Albert Hernandez was also charged with possession of a criminal instrument, a Class A misdemeanor, for possessing a “booster bag,” a specially-lined bag designed to block security-tagged items from setting off theft alarms in stores.
Juarez and George Antonio Hernandez served nine months probation in 1999 and 2000 after pleading guilty to a 1997 theft charge. The two men received additional charges of theft less than $1500 with two previous convictions following their Allen arrest.
The three men were transferred to Collin County jail yesterday. All three have been released on bail.
The trio’s case, as well as the source of the electronics found in their vehicle, remains under investigation, Felty said.