Leon Nogueira, 17, of Fulshear has been arrested by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in connection with motor vehicle burglaries in the Katy area.
A victim of a car theft was able to identify a suspicious vehicle in the area and helped lead Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies to the arrest of a trio of suspects.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Pecan Lane in the Katy area to investigate a burglary of vehicle.
“The victim had left their vehicle unlocked and unattended for about 15 minutes and discovered property missing upon their return,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. “Before becoming aware of the missing property, the victim reported seeing a red Ford Mustang driving in the area.”
About an hour and a half later, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office was notified a red Mustang was seen in the parking lot of the Whataburger in the 1100 block of Main Street in Katy. Deputies found a red Mustang in the parking lot and, after an investigation, were able to “recover the victim’s property out of the Mustang and return it to the owner.”
The three suspects allegedly confessed to their involvement in the offense.
Keano Jimmy Travis, 18, of Katy; Connor Simpson Bartling, 17, of Katy; and Leon Nogueira, 17, of Fulshear were all charged with burglary of vehicle. The suspects were taken into custody and assigned bonds totaling $2,750 each.
“Terrific job done by our detectives and patrol,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “Now of course we want to continue to remind folks to be vigilant by locking your doors and not leaving valuables inside your vehicle.”
Burglary of a vehicle is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. A conviction on a Class A misdemeanor offense can carry a punishment of up to a year in a county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
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