A nice way to start 2014, with two theft suspects off the street. Thanks to tenacious work of Detective Damon Williams and Officer Carter Jones…these two thieves are now behind bars.
Back in October, our victim was contacted by her credit card company warning of suspicious transactions. She realized her card had been stolen and discovered a slew of unauthorized charges were placed on the account. The two charged merchandise at stores and meals at restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County.
Detective Williams went to work tracking down the transactions and any associated video from the stores. Detective Williams was able to identify the couple. He alerted patrol teams to “Be on the Lookout” for them.
On December 13th, Officer Carter Jones had the “Eagle Eye” mojo as he noticed suspect Hallie Bray near the Safeway store on Morrissey, Blvd. Officer Jones arrested Hallie at that time and obtained a full confession to the string of theft related crimes. Hallie was booked for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
With Hallie’s partner, Dominique “Nick” Stacey still on the loose, Officer Jones stayed on the prowl. On New Year’s Day, 2014 while on another call, Officer Jones spotted Nick on Broadway near Fairbanks Ave. He contacted Nick and found he was in possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools. Officer Jones arrested Mr. Stacey and also obtained his confession. Nick was booked for Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Burglary Tools.
These two have a history of theft and drug related police contacts...A combination that is all too familiar. It might even surprise you to learn that both are on probation. Both list their current address as "transient". If you see them lurking around anything you value, don’t take your eye off them, they are crooks!
Remember to check those credit card statements thoroughly…especially after holiday shopping! Quick reporting of unauthorized charges is extremely important as it increases the likelihood that video may be available at locations where the charges took place. This will help us catch the crooks and prevent others from becoming victims.