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Houston man holds wife at gunpoint in robbery of her employer

A robbery at a Houston law office took a bizarre turn when it was discovered that one of the employees held at gunpoint was the robber's wife. Houston police arrested a 26-year-old ex-cop on theft charges in connection with the incident.According to the police, the man waited in the parking lot of the law office until his wife left the building in which she worked. With his face concealed with a bandana, the suspect led his wife back into the law office where he held her and two other workers at gunpoint. He ran from the office after taking nearly $8,000 that was in an envelope in a desk drawer.

Teens accused of vandalizing Houston football field face charges

For many teenagers, trying to gain acceptance during high school is a major part of growing up. When a student is rejected by friends or does not make a sports team, it can be a crushing experience. Two Houston teens are now facing charges for vandalizing their school's football field out of anger. The damages from the property crimes could cost as much as $50,000.

Former football player wanted in Texas for burglary, fraud

Many people assume that celebrities live their lives completely void of pain or hardship. While it's easy to believe that celebrities are always living glamorously, such is not the case for former Cowboys quarterback Ryan Leaf. The former football player is wanted in Texas for theft crimes and fraud.

Houston man's arson trial is delayed due to brain tumor

The trial for the man accused of burning down a Houston, Texas, furniture store has been delayed because the man's defense team successfully argued that he is not competent to stand trial. According to reports, the man has a nonmalignant brain tumor, which has impaired his cognitive and physical abilities. This medical ailment has left the man unable to adequately participate in his own property crimes defense. After the man recuperates, the trial will resume.

Houston man steals $40,000 worth of human hair

Over the last few years, stories of people stealing copper pipes from abandoned houses have sprung up throughout the nation. To some, this might seem like a curious thing to steal, but copper priced have skyrocketed over the last couple years. In Houston, a man is currently facing theft charges for stealing something that is also interesting, but highly valued: human hair.

Three men arrested on weapons theft in Houston, accused of more

When someone is arrested for a crime, police often look to other unsolved incidents in the hopes of connecting suspects in custody and closing two cases at once. At times, this practice could lead investigators to narrowly focus their vision. Evidence is often circumstantial, fitting more than a handful of theories. When charged with a crime, it is important to seek experienced defense counsel to protect not only your constitutional rights but ensure that the facts are kept straight.

Houston man indicted, faces theft charges

A Houston man is being accused of multiple crimes this week. The theft charges include conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Investigators say the man worked with others to submit counterfeit checks and fraudulent withdrawal slips to Capital One Bank.

Texas man faces arson charges, pleads guilty

Crimes against property are treated seriously in Texas, and this is particularly true in cases in which the crime may have endangered the life of another. Recently, one man was found guilty of intentionally destroying property. It appears that his rationale may have been to "gain status" with the Aryan Brotherhood.Reportedly, on Dec. 28 in 2010, the 26-year-old man from the west Texas town of Crane began a series of racially motivated crimes that ended with arson. The crimes were apparently prompted by his seeing an African-American man in a wheelchair passing by a church. According to reports, the 26-year-old subsequently decided to set fire to the Faith in Christ Church in Crane. He also allegedly hoped that the African-American man would be killed in the fire.

Texas man charged with theft of $2,500 in cell phones and pagers

A Texas man is being held in a correctional facility in Pennsylvania after the alleged theft of a number of cell phones and pagers. Police arrested the man for the property crimes on Thanksgiving Day. His bail has been set at $25,000.The 26-year-old man had reportedly arrived on a flight into Pennsylvania late on Nov. 23. He was on his way to an Econo Lodge, where he intended to stay while he worked for a gas company in the area. However, police claim that, as the man waited at the airport, he allegedly stole seven cell phones and 11 pagers from the offices of a local taxi company.

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