A National Guardsman charged with stealing a fellow soldier’s credit/debit cards and making transactions apologized for taking them, offered to repay double and pleaded for leniency.
Those were among the details contained in a report by Brownwood police detective James Fuller on Wednesday’s arrest of the guardsman, Spec. Cory Strouth, 21, of Dallas.
Strouth remained in the Brown County Jail Friday in lieu of $20,000 bond, jail records state. He is charged with credit or debit card abuse.
Fuller and Sgt. Troy Carroll went to the Groner Pitts National Guard Armory Wednesday after an Army sergeant told police two soldiers’ credit/debit cards were stolen. Strouth is currently charged in connection with the theft from one of the soldiers, but an investigation continues to determine if more charges will be filed, police said.
A soldier told Carroll and Fuller he had received text messages from Strouth. Strouth asked in the texts that the soldier he is accused of stealing from not press charges and that Strouth would “pay him back double” with his next check, Fuller’s report states.
“I got a lil girl about to be born that needs me bad. Please, I’m sorry,” Fuller’s report quoted Strouth as saying in one of the text messages.
In another text, Strouth said he took the cards from the soldier because the soldier was “talking (expletive)” and it was “payback,” Fuller’s report states.
In a text to a different soldier, Strouth asked “why the (expletive), you snitch?” the report states.
In a different report Fuller filed, the detective wrote that Strouth gave a statement admitting he stole four credit/debit cards from a fellow soldier and used them.
Strouth holds the rank of specialist and is assigned to the 3/144 Infantry Battalion, which was at Camp Bowie for a two-week annual training, National Guard officials said.
Strouth indicated he made three credit card transactions in Brownwood — at Wal-Mart, Subway and McDonald’s, Fuller’s report states. Strouth said he threw three of the cards in a random trash can in the Dallas area last weekend, but said the fourth card was outside in his pickup.
Strouth was escorted to his pickup, where he retrieved a Visa card printed in the name of the other guardsman, Fuller’s report states.
Strouth is believed to have made numerous other transactions between Brownwood and the Dallas area, Fuller’s report states.