Fort Bend Deputies Arrest, Charge Houston Man with Theft

By George Slaughter

Jose Villa (Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Houston man last Thursday after he tried to flee a home construction site with stolen construction materials.

Deputies responded to a citizen call of a theft in progress in the 11400 block of Cypress Elm in Richmond. The caller said someone was loading construction materials into a van. Deputies located the van, loaded with residential framing lumber, as it tried to leave the scene.

Deputies arrested the driver of the vehicle, Jose Villa. 52, of Houston. Villa was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor. Villa remains in custody at the Fort Bend County Jail with bond set at $500.

“The sheriff’s office continues to search for those responsible for committing crimes in Fort Bend County,” Sheriff Eric Fagan said. “The vigilance of citizens combined with the quick response of sheriff’s deputies ensures those responsible for crime in our county are held accountable for their actions.”