FRIENDSWOOD, Texas - One suspect is in custody and two are still at large after Friendswood Police caught them in the act of stealing tires from a vehicle before dawn Wednesday .
A resident of the San Joaquin subdivision located in the 1800 block of San Jose called police when he heard noises outside his home and discovered a suspect taking the tires and wheels from his car shortly after 4 a.m.
Police rolled up as two suspects were attempting to leave the area in a black 2008 Dodge Charger. The suspects jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot. One of the suspects, 24-year-old Willie Curry Jr., was captured a short time later. Curry was charged with theft and evading arrest. He is being held on $60,000 bond on each felony charge prior to transfer to the Galveston County jail.
Other officers responding to the call located a white Chevrolet pickup in the vicinity of San Jose loaded with eight tires mounted on aluminum rims. The sole occupant of that vehicle also took off on foot.
A Webster canine officer was brought in to assist in the search, but the other two suspects could not be located. Police have no further description on the two male suspects.
Officers searched the Dodge and found four tires mounted on aluminum rims. One set of wheels and rims was determined to have been stolen in League City a short time before the Friendswood theft was discovered.
League City Police were notified and are now assisting Friendswood Police in the investigation. Friendswood police impounded both suspect vehicles.
Police said the suspect in custody, Curry, has a lengthy criminal history to include theft and drug possession. He was sentenced to 180 days in the Harris County jail on two marijuana possession charges in 2009.
Anyone who knows the identity or the whereabouts of his accomplices are urged to contact police.