KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 6, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy authorities arrested three people in Cinco Ranch, and charged them with burglary of motor vehicles. Detectives believe the suspects are connected to more Katy crimes, and ask possible victims to reach out.
Suspects May Be Involved with Other Crimes
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people for burglary of motor vehicles in the Cinco Ranch Southpark subdivision on Tuesday, February 5. Detectives believe the three suspects may be connected to other similar crimes in the area.
“If you believe you’ve been a victim please give us a call,” says Sheriff Troy Nehls. “We want to charge these individuals with all the crimes they’ve committed in Fort Bend County.”
Crimes in Cinco Ranch's Southpark Subdivision
911 took a call around 1:40 am Tuesday regarding multiple burglary of motor vehicles actively in progress at the 6000 block of Walkabout Way in Fort Bend County.
"Several deputies responded to the area," says Major Chad Norvell with Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. "A Precinct 3 Deputy was out of his vehicle and spotted the suspect's vehicle leaving Cinco Ranch Southpark. FBCSO Deputies stopped them in the 5000 block of Fry Rd. Great teamwork amongst the deputies."
Suspects Apprehended at Traffic Stop
Deputies conducted a traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle with three people inside, including a minor. During the stop, they found multiple gift cards and credit cards with different names.
Adult Suspects Not From Katy
John Johnson, 28, of Louisville, KY, William Thrasher, 17, of Louisville, KY, and the minor were arrested. Johnson is charged with 15 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, credit card abuse and engaging in organized criminal activity. Thrasher and the minor have been charged with 15 counts of burglary of motor vehicle and engaging in organized activity.
"Hopefully the suspects will go back to Kentucky with no desire to return to Texas once they spend some time in jail here," says Norvell.
Fort Bend County Motor Vehicle Burglary Stats
Fort Bend County remains the fastest-growing large county in the nation. Since 2010, the county has experienced a 26 percent population increase. Here are the number of motor vehicle burglaries reported in Fort Bend County over the past two years, and for the beginning of 2020:
"2019 was high as we had several apartment complexes hit," says Norvell. "That was frequently 20-30 per night."
Authorities Seek Public's Help
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665.