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Public Safety News
Friendswood Police Department
News Release
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Burglary Accomplice Arrested; Stolen Property Recovered

The Friendswood Police Department is providing an update into the ongoing investigation of two burglars who targeted a Friendswood neighborhood and were identified through surveillance video using a stolen credit card to make purchases at a local department store. On Monday, February 14, Thomas Brantley Collins, 21, of Alvin, was arrested for two burglary of a motor vehicle warrants and found in possession of a stolen iPhone that he had used to store child pornography. Today, Collins' accomplice in the burglaries, Douglas Edward Ashley, 22, of Alvin, was arrested by Friendswood Police at a residence in the 1100 block of Cleveland Street in Alvin. Yesterday, investigators secured a warrant for Ashley's arrest for Credit Card Abuse, a State Jail Felony. Today, Ashley was located at approximately 12:15 p.m. 

Also arrested at the Alvin residence was Ashley's girlfriend, Samantha Rae Doss, 21, of Porter. Doss had an outstanding warrant for theft in Humble and she was also found in possession of a controlled substance. She was taken into custody and booked by the Alvin Police Department. 

The owner of the residence in Alvin allowed officers into the home where they found electronics equipment to include several GPS units and stereo equipment. Two GPS units were reported stolen in motor vehicle burglaries in League City. Other property found at the arrest location was documented and is being compared with property reported stolen in thefts and burglaries throughout the region. 

Douglas Edward Ashley has been booked into the Friendswood City Jail awaiting transfer to the Harris County Jail. His bond is currently set at $2,000. Additional charges are expected in connection with the League City incidents. Ashley's prior history includes vehicle theft, property theft, and criminal mischief. 

Thomas Brantley Collins remains in the Galveston County jail with bonds totaling $253,000.

The escapades of this criminal duo appear to have spanned Galveston, Harris, and Brazoria counties.



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