By George Slaughter
Katy Police Tuesday charged Gabriel Del Castillo, 17, of Katy, with felony theft of a firearm, and two juveniles with misdemeanor burglar of a motor vehicle.
Police said between 4 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, several home video surveillance systems recorded images of the two juveniles checking door handles and opening unlocked vehicles in the Pine Lakes, Fawn lake, and Falls at Green Meadows subdivisions. Police said the juveniles were also observed entering vehicles and
taking items, including laptop computers, medication, money, and other electronics.
Police said the juveniles turned themselves in after seeing still photos and video of themselves committing the burglaries shared on social media.
Police searched several homes, dumpsters, and storm drains during the investigation to find stolen items. The search led to Del Castillo’s residence, where three firearms, multiple firearm accessories, and drug paraphernalia were located.
Police urge citizens to remain vigilant during the July 4 holiday festivities. Police said it is a good practice for citizens to lock their vehicles if leaving those vehicles outside, and to close garage doors before going to bed at night.