Police: Missing cell phone leads to arrest, recovery of stolen items

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Crime report

An employee's missing cell phone at a Brownwood business led to the arrest of a woman on multiple charges Monday evening and the recovery of numerous other stolen items including checks and a checkbook, police said.

Christina Gomez, 24, of Brownwood, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, theft of service and forgery of a financial instrument, Brown County Jail records state.

According to a Brownwood police report:

An officer was dispatched at 6:20 p.m. Monday to Solar Nails, 553 W. Commerce., in reference to a possible forgery.

An employee told police he believed the woman seated at his nail station, identified as Gomez, had stolen his iPhone 5 cell phone. The phone had been on the table where he was working, and the only other person in the area had been the woman at his nail station, the man told police.

The officer walked in and noticed the woman concealing something in her clothing. The Solar Nails employee provided the officer with the check Gomez had paid him with, the police report states. The $120 check was in the name of another woman and made payable to Solar Nails. Gomez agreed to accompany the officer outside.

The officer learned that the check made out to Solar Nails, as well as the snake print purse Gomez had in her possession, had been reported stolen in an earlier vehicle burglary. The purse contained items including the stolen iPhone 5, and Gomez told police she'd just bought the phone at a pawn shop.

Gomez was arrested, and a female officer searched her, finding a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue in her clothing, the police report states.

In addition to recovering the stolen purse, police also recovered stolen items including a food stamp card, bank card, social security cards, a knife, a Playstation 1 and three games, two xBox games, another cell phone, lottery tickets and other items.

Police also recovered numerous checks and a checkbook that belonged to other people. The checks had been filled out. One of the checks was made out to a local bail bond company for $500, the police report states.   

Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday were:

Alex Arellano Jr., 29, Brownwood, criminal mischief.

Joshua Caperton, 26, Brownwood, delivery of a controlled substance.

Khayman Delarosa, 23, Brownwood, criminal mischief.

Raistlin Ibarra, 17, Brownwood, assault.

Laura Roberson, 30, Brownwood, order amending probation for theft.

Anthony Roberts, 31, Brownwood, criminal mischief.