Alleged looter sold stolen goods

September 22, 2008 11:24:53 AM PDT
Authorities got a tip that a looter targeted a convenience store, and then set up his own shop of sorts.ROAD TO RECOVERY: Breaking news on Ike | POD locations | Person locator | Local gas station report | Hurricane guide | Viewer photos of Ike | Latest power numbers

On Thursday September 18, 2008 an anonymous informant called the Crime Stoppers Tip Line and provided information that Carlos Luna was selling items he looted from a convenience store.

The Exxon Gas Station in the 5400 block of the North Freeway was burglarized on Sunday, September 14, the day after Hurricane Ike devastated the Houston area and left most businesses and homes without power. The tipster reported that Carlos Luna was selling items in the 5600 block of the North Freeway, two blocks from the scene of the crime. Luna was selling numerous 12-packs of various types of beer, several cartons of cigarettes, and assorted candy and chips.

On Saturday September 20, Houston Police Department investigators with the burglary and theft division located Luna at the location provided by the tipster and during the course of the investigation officers gathered enough evidence to take Luna in for questioning. Authorities say that during the interview, Luna confessed to burglarizing the Exxon Store. He was charged with burglary. He bond is currently set at $20,000.

Crime Stoppers offers up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and charging of any felony suspect or felony fugitive. Callers are urged to call 713-222-TIPS with any information, or to send a tip online at www.crime-stoppers.org. All callers remain anonymous.

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