Jose Luis Gomez

Jose Luis Gomez

A man with prior theft convictions was arrested and charged with stealing brisket from a local grocery store, police say.

Jose Luis Gomez, 58, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Sunday at the 500 block of Canon Street and charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, and theft of property less than $2,500 with prior convictions, a state jail felony, according to a Del Rio Police Department report.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Jim Bob Barrera, Sr. set Gomez’s bond at $5,000 for the theft charge and $1,000 for the criminal trespass charge, according to Barrera’s office.

Employees from HEB, 200 Veterans Blvd., told police they witnessed Gomez, a resident of the 1400 block Pierce St., leaving the store with three briskets, totaling $124.84 from the grocery store without paying for the merchandise, said Sr. Officer Dulce Gonzalez.

“They had observed a heavy-set male walking out of the store with two HEB bags carrying brisket, passing all points of sale,” Gonzalez said. “They followed the male to the parking lot and requested to see a receipt, but the male ignored them and left the business.”

The employees provided police with a partial license plate of the black sedan Gomez was driving when he left the parking lot, Gonzalez said.

HEB management told police they had an active criminal trespass warning against Gomez at the time of the theft, Gonzalez said.

Officer Alex Serrano reviewed surveillance video from the store and recognized Gomez from previous incidents, Gonzalez said.

Serrano located Gomez at a Canon Street residence, where the suspect was found hiding in a tarp-covered shed, Gonzalez said.

Gomez was brought to the Del Rio police station for booking and transported to the Val Verde County jail GEO corrections facility for magistration.

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