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Woman charged with stealing $30K from Walmart

LA MARQUE

A League City woman was arrested Wednesday and accused of swiping tens of thousands of dollars from a La Marque Walmart store, police said.

Victoria Chaka, 51, of League City, was charged with theft of property, according to court records.

The charges date back to May, when La Marque police received information about money being stolen from Walmart, 6410 Interstate 45, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Chaka worked for Walmart, and was caught on video taking $100 bills from a cash recycling machine, which counts and confirms the authenticity of paper money, according to the affidavit.

The video showed Chaka placing items between the machine and the camera as she cleaned the money machine with paper towels, according to the affidavit. As she put the paper towels down, she would roll the bills inside of them, according to the affidavit.

Police interviewed Chaka, and found her with $30,500 in her possession, according to the affidavit.

Chaka was arrested at her home in League City on Wednesday, according to court documents.

Her bond was set at $61,000, according to court records. She was no longer in custody as of Friday afternoon.

— John Wayne Ferguson

Three sought after meat market armed robbery

GALVESTON

Police were searching Friday for three men after an armed robbery at La Michoacana Meat Market in the 3300 block of Broadway about 9:15 a.m., Galveston police said.

Shots were fired but no one was injured during a robbery in which suspects took an unknown amount of cash, Galveston Police Department spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said.

The three men jumped into a brown Chevrolet truck and fled east on Broadway, he said. They were all wearing masks, he said. Police soon after found the truck abandoned in the 3400 block of Avenue M 1/2, Schirard said.

Police later found the truck had been reported stolen from Houston earlier in the morning, Schirard said.

Officers searched the truck, nearby houses and the area but had not found the suspects by Friday evening.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 409-765-3702 or Galveston Crimestoppers at 409-763-8477.

— Keri Heath

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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