On Wednesday October 23rd, at 9:30 am, Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Staff supervisors were having a monthly meeting and a retirement celebration at local delicatessen located at 4700 Cypress Creek Parkway in Northwest Harris County, Texas. In attendance were several staff officers and soon to be retiring veteran staff officers.
During the meeting and tribute to other long serving staff members, a retired Houston Police officer was exiting his vehicle in the parking lot of the Deli to enter the restaurant. The retired police lieutenant observed a suspicious male with a screwdriver, squatted down next to a newer model black Cadillac Escalade and was removing the center caps from the vehicle wheels. His keen police observations led him to believe that this person was in fact stealing the center wheel caps from the vehicle. The suspect had already removed two of the caps and was working on the third when approached by the retired officer.
In the meantime, law enforcement officers inside the restaurant observed the commotion outside. Approximately thirty Pct. 4 Constable Staff officers began exiting the deli when they were met by the witness who was holding the suspect at bay. After being surrounded by the multitude of officers, the beleaguered suspect was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect advised officers that he used a customer's vehicle from his workplace and stole the center caps to sell at his place of employment to other customers. The stolen wheel covers, valued at over $400.00 were recovered from within the suspects' vehicle. The 20 year old suspect, Johnny Deleon was arrested, charged with class B theft and placed into the Harris County jail.
Assistant Chief Tim Cannon stated that, "had the suspect driven his vehicle a little further into the parking lot, he would have noticed a multitude of marked and unmarked police vehicles and may have chosen another path. Unfortunately for him, his zest for thievery overrode any form of common sense which placed him straight into the hands of law enforcement's finest."
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