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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 9:38 pm

HARLINGEN — A suspect in previous thefts was arrested for taking three 18 packs of beer from a convenience store, police said in a press release.

Police said officers went to the Stripes convenience store in the 700 block of South Commerce Street following a report of a theft. An employee told police that a man wearing a striped aqua polo shirt, a black hooded top, blue jeans and white sneakers had taken three 18 packs of Bud Light beer without paying, and left on foot toward the store’s back alley.

Officers in the area pulled over the vehicle of the suspect, saw that the passenger, identified as Ricardo A. Abundez, 29, was wearing the described clothing, and saw the stolen merchandise in the back seat, police said. They said officers determined that the driver was not involved in the theft, and arrested Abundez after interviewing them both.

Police said Abundez was a suspect in four previous thefts and was charged with five enhanced counts of felony theft after a criminal records check showed that he had multiple previous convictions for theft.

Abundez was arraigned Thursday with bail set at $5,000 on each of five counts of third-degree felony theft, totaling $25,000, the press release states.

HARLINGEN — Police arrested a man on a possession charge after pulling him over for a traffic violation, according to a police press release.

Officers pulled over a white 1998 Lincoln Continental for failure to stop at a designated point in the intersection of South J Street and West Grant Avenue on Wednesday about 10:25 p.m., police said.

After the officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the car, the driver, identified as Joe Nathan Herrera, 21, admitted to police he had smoked marijuana with some friends, police said.

Herrera was arrested after officers searched the car and recovered a clear plastic bag with marijuana, two improvised tin foil marijuana pipes, and a metal marijuana grinder.

Herrera was arraigned Thursday with bail set at $500 on a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, and $222 on a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, the press release states.

HARLINGEN — A man was arrested on evading arrest and public intoxication charges after a witness saw him looking into cars in an area known for thefts and burglaries, according to a police press release.

A woman told a patrolling officer in the 200 block of South C Street that a man, later identified as Westly David Linwood, 50, was looking into the windows of parked cars, which raised suspicion because the area is known for thefts and burglaries, police said.

Linwood, who police said appeared to be highly intoxicated, ran away from police after the officer began to question him about his activities. Police said they found Linwood behind a nearby business, and after a brief struggle they arrested him.

Police said Linwood was treated by EMS at the city jail for scrapes he received while trying to evade the officers.

Linwood was arraigned Thursday with bail set at $1,000 on a Class A misdemeanor charge of evading arrest, and at $337 on a Class C misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, the press release states.

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