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Galveston Police Department
News Release
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Galveston Police Catch Suspect Responsible for Seven Denver Court Area Car Burglaries

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at approximately 1:40 am, Galveston Police Officers were dispatched to the 5100 block of Denver in response to a burglary of a vehicle that had just occurred.  Upon their arrival, officers spoke with the owner of the car that had just been burglarized who told them that he had heard his car alarm sounding and after coming outside mere seconds later he saw that his window had been broken out and quickly called the police.

Officers immediately began searching the proximate area and found three additional burglarized vehicles, all within a block of the first.  Upon closer examination of the cars, officers observed that it appeared as though a tool was used to pry at the doors of several of the vehicles, all had a window shattered, and one car had what looked like fresh blood on the driver’s seat.  All of the vehicles appeared as though someone had rummaged through the contents.  Officers quickly broadcasted that a suspect may be in possession of some sort of prying tool, may have crawled through broken glass, and may be bleeding.

Only minutes after officers had first arrived on the scene, another officer who was searching the area for possible suspects observed a male riding a bicycle away from the neighborhood less than five blocks from the original call.  The officer stopped the man to identify him and saw a large flat head screwdriver in his pocket, his hoody sweatshirt to be full of broken glass, and a still bleeding cut on his arm.  The officer identified him as 37-year-old Carlos Castillo and detained him for further investigation; during which, officers discovered that Castillo had been previously convicted of several vehicle burglaries in the past.

Later that morning several other residents in the Denver Court area awoke to find their vehicles had been burglarized as well, three more in total, all with the same indicators as the first four.

After conferring with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office Castillo was charged with seven counts of Felony Burglary of a Vehicle (two previous convictions of Burglary of a Vehicle elevates all future arrests for the same charge to felonies).  Castillo has been remanded to the Galveston County Jail and was assessed bonds of $60,000 for each felony count for a total bond of $420,000. 

This collaboration is an excellent example of how the community and the police can work together to resolve crime issues in our Galveston neighborhoods quickly.  The Galveston Police Department commends this citizen on promptly calling 911 after recognizing a crime had just occurred; remember, if you see something, say something!

Remembering Jim Guidry

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