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Ray Taft

A Galveston citizen has been robbed 9 times this summer, and he lives in an area that has had almost 30 burglaries since June!

The police department’s response is “We have an understaffed department and a finite number of detectives.”

How many robberies does it take for the City of Galveston to do something, 60 or maybe a 100? What are his honor the mayor, Democrat Jim Yarbrough, and the politicians who run Galveston up to that prevents the police from doing their jobs?

Ron Shelby

Agreed Ray. By that point, it should have been kicked up high on the priority list. This person is essentially being harassed by the burglers, feels alone in fighting them and has little piece of mind. GPD really needs to help him.

Raymond Lewis

What on earth does the qualifier "democrat" before the mayor"s name have to do with any of this??!! Don't think the thieves give a hoot what the party of the victims are.

Bailey Jones

Police can't do much without evidence. Cameras provide the best. Everyone should have them.

Michael Jozwiak

The robbery and break-in stats are scary, but why does this happen and why can't GPD keep up? It was plainly stated in the article, a shortage of detectives and other GPD personnel. Why? Because, despite all the citizen complaint, those same citizens refuse to pay more in taxes to beef up the GPD for their own safety and protection. They'd rather just complain and leave more people vulnerable to thieves.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Here is suggestion to save the GPD some time and personnel: park one officer in an unmarked car with a camera/night vision goggles where they can observe the back fence gate of the house on the SE corner of 46th St. and P 1/2. The comings and goings of that group of old-bicycle alley raiders from dark to sunrise; and their regular "conversations" with visitors who arrive by car, bicycle, and on foot (very briefly) during the day, should prove fruitful.

Stephen Murphy

These burglaries are nothing new to the people, like myself, who live and have lived (like me) in Galveston all their lives. I would sit in my backyard and witness bicycle thieves riding up and down the alley behind my house at all hours of the night and early morning.

They tried to break into my detached garage. They did break into my work van and stole thousands of dollars in tools. They did break into my wife's van and stole personal items. Neighbors told me that they had things stolen from their garages.

I witnessed one of them walking into a neighbor's garage two doors down from me in broad daylight and come out with a kid's bicycle. I hurriedly ran to and knocked on my neighbor's front door while the guy was walking away with the bicycle. We caught the guy and called the police. They arrested him.

One night, I saw one of the bicycle thieves going down the alley. I looked over my back fence and witnessed him pulling on a wooden garage door halfway down the alley until he broke the lock and got it open. I immediately called 911 and, while on the phone with the dispatcher, I watched as he came out of the garage with a weed eater and drove away. I jumped into my truck and followed him while giving locations to the dispatcher. Within 5 minutes, several patrol cars surrounded the thief and, after having me identify him, the police hauled him off to jail.

Sorry for the long post, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it's the same guy or guys who burglarized my neighborhood that are burglarizing and terrorizing Mr. Hannon.

Mojo Boogie

Umm, I have an idea. Why not do what other places have done and place a gps trakcing device in something that could look tasty to these idiots.

Mojo Boogie

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-48776312 There ya go-GPD! Use some technology

Da McP

I got an answer to this problem too:

Texas Penal Code (2017)

Chapter 9. Justifications Excluding Criminal Responsibility



A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property:

(1) if he would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.41; and

(2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:

(A) to prevent the other’s imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime; or

(B) to prevent the other who is fleeing immediately after committing burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from escaping with the property; and

(3) he reasonably believes that:

(A) the land or property cannot be protected or recovered by any other means; or

(B) the use of force other than deadly force to protect or recover the land or property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

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