By George Slaughter
Katy Police have arrested and charged two Houston residents in connection with thefts last month at Typhoon Texas Water Park.
Marlon Thompson, 36, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to delivery. Jasmine Baker, 26, was charged with misdemeanor theft.
On June 20, Katy Police were called to investigate the theft of several backpacks from unsuspecting owners who were visiting Typhoon Texas. The backpacks contained $4,869 worth of personal items, including several cell phones, an Apple Watch, and other electronics and cell phone accessories.
Police tracked two of the cell phones to an address in the 5800 block of Farwell Drive, in southwest Houston. Detectives conducted surveillance of the house, identified the occupants, and compared photos of the occupants to surveillance footage obtained from the water park.
Katy and Houston Police together obtained and served a search warrant for the house. They seized illegal narcotics packaged for distribution found in the master bedroom, which belonged to Thompson. They also seized a semi-automatic handgun and a large amount of U.S. currency.
The stolen backpacks, cell phones, Apple Watch, and other electronics were also recovered inside the house. Baker was charged with the theft of these items. Additional charges are pending.
Police urge citizens to secure their personal items in lockers when possible.