Officer Gonzalez stopped the subject, who was carrying lawn equipment. Police say the suspect had entered the backyard through a rear gate and taken the items from the homeowner's garage.
Joseph Earl Hall, 44, of Galveston, was arrested and charged with felony theft, because he had two prior theft convictions. His bond was set at $20,000.
The Galveston Police Department recently acquired the FLIR units with a Department of Homeland Security Grant. The FLIR units can be used to locate suspects at night, find missing children and persons, and aid in searches for swimmers and boaters in the water. Officer Gonzalez is assigned to the first of eight patrol cars that will be outfitted with the FLIR systems.