The first case involved the theft of what the owner described as a $10,000 golf cart from a garage in the 800 block of South Minneapolis Street.
The victim told Sgt. Ryan Treviño on Monday, Nov. 12, that he noticed the cart missing when he walked outside at 5:52 a.m.
The thief apparently left a three-wheeler, adult tricycle at the scene that had been stolen from another residence about four blocks from the scene in the 600 block of South Quinn Street.
The owner of the tricycle reported it stolen later.
“He traded the tricycle for the golf cart,” said Police Chief Joe Treviño.
The owner of the golf cart described the vehicle as being burnt orange and powered by a gasoline engine. The cart also has the letters SS on its rims.
The victim said two GPS receivers, one made by Magellan and by Tom Tom, were also taken from vehicles parked at the residence.
No value was placed on the two GPS receivers.
The investigating officer reported that some minor vandalism also had been reported in the area.
Sgt. Chris Bernal was sent to a residence in the 300 block of West Stamper Street at 4:50 p.m. that same day to investigate a vehicle burglary.
The 33-year-old victim reported that someone had broken into his 2000 GMC pickup and had taken a black and silver, North American Arms .22-caliber revolver from the glove compartment and an 18-inch Craftsman chain saw from the vehicle.
The victim said he had heard what sounded like a gunshot the previous night between 8 and 10 p.m.
He told Bernal that he also noticed some blood inside his pickup when he discovered the burglary.
Anyone who might have information that could lead police to suspects in the two cases should contact Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers at 362-0206 or call toll-free to (877) 32-0206.
Internet users may contact the organization at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.
Tips that lead to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000 from the Crime Stoppers organization.
Witnesses do not have to identify themselves in order to collect a reward.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.