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Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force
News Release
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On 05/06/2011, Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force Agents began working a Burglary to a Motor Vehicle case that occurred in the unincorporated area of Santa Fe, Texas within the last two weeks. Evidence from this burglary was matched to a suspect identified as Chad Thomas Growcock Age: 19 of Santa Fe, Texas.

On 05/10/2011, an Arrest Warrant charging Growcock with Felony Burglary to a Motor Vehicle with an enhancement for two or more convictions was obtained by Task Force Agents.

GCACTF Agents established surveillance on Growcock’s home in an attempt to take him into custody. A vehicle associated with Growcock was observed parked in the parking lot of the Big Chief store at FM 646 and Hwy 6 in Santa Fe, Texas. Surveillance was maintained on this vehicle as well. At approximately 8:30 PM on 05/10/2011, a second vehicle was observed by Agents arriving and the driver of the vehicle was positively identified as Chad Thomas Growcock. Growcock was taken into custody on the Burglary charge without incident. Officers and Agents with the Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force and the Santa Fe Police Department conducted the arrest.

Information obtained during the arrest of Growcock led Task Force members to a home in the 7700 block of Avenue E in Santa Fe, Texas. A Search Warrant was obtained for the home and property at this location. Officers and Agents with the Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force, Santa Fe Police Department and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, executed the search warrant at approximately 3:30 AM on 05/11/2011.

The search resulted in the recovery of three stolen firearms, welding leads, multiple sets of car keys linked to area vehicle burglaries, 1000 rounds of assorted ammunition and a coin collection all with an approximate value of $5,000. All property was recovered pending being returned to the owners. As a result of the arrest and recoveries approximately 15 Santa Fe area (County and City) auto and residential burglaries have been cleared.

Chad Thomas Growcock was processed into the Galveston County Jail under a $30,000.00 bond for Felony Burglary to a Motor Vehicle. This case is still under investigation and more charges and additional suspects are expected.




Hitchcock Police Chief


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