A Brownwood convenience store manager was able to ping the location of her stolen cell phone Thursday, which led officers to two suspects who were arrested.
The store manager’s wallet was also stolen after accidentally left the wallet and cell phone in the store’s rest room, Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said via email. Officers recovered the cell phone and other stolen items including debit and credit cards.
Laramie Seat, 25, of Zephyr, and Amber Robles, 38, were booked into the Brown County Jail on theft charges, jail records state. Robles was also arrest on a warrant for injury to child/elderly disabled. Both women remained jailed as of Friday afternoon.
According to Fuller’s email:
Officers were dispatched at 3:40 p.m. to the convenience store in the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 377 South on a theft report.
Officers were told two females entered the store and walked to the restroom, then immediately walked out and left. The store manager observed this behavior and realized that she just left her cell phone and wallet in the restroom by accident.
When she went back into to the restroom, she confirmed her property was missing and phoned the police.
As officers spoke with the manager, she used another device to ping her cell phone, which showed to be moving only a few blocks away. Officers left the store and traveled to the last known location of the ping, where they saw a female walking. The female matched the description of one of the suspects.
As officers stopped to speak with her they saw the described cell phone sticking out of her pocket. Investigation also revealed the remaining missing items such as debit and credit cards.
The suspect identified the other female, and officers drove with her a couple of blocks and located the her inside a residence.
Both were arrested.
In an unrelated incident Thursday morning, officers were dispatched to a possible hit and run in the area of Ave J near Coggin Park. As officers were moving to that location, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper saw a vehicle matching the description provided by witnesses, Fuller said via email. The vehicle was stopped at the Seven-11 convenience store at Fourth and Indian Creek.
As officers arrived, they identified the driver as 24-year- old Abel Ledesma-Patino of Comanche, who was arrested for DWI. Ledesma-Latino was also charged in connection with striking a parked vehicles in the area of Avenue J and not stopping, police said.