Two arrested for New Caney thefts

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have charged two men with thefts from stores in Valley Ranch Town Center in New Caney.

Just before noon on Sept. 13, deputies were dispatched to the Ulta Beauty Store, located at 21524 Market Place Drive, New Caney, in reference to a theft. The information given to deputies advised that two black males had been inside the store cutting price tags off of cologne, then placing the items in their pockets.

The suspects reportedly fled in a white Kia passenger car, which deputies located trying to leave the parking lot. Deputies stopped the suspects’ vehicle and identified the driver as Howard Peters and the passenger as Deon Washington.

“During the investigation, deputies reviewed the store’s video surveillance video, which showed both suspects concealing bottles of cologne in their pockets. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located seven bottles of cologne were located in under the driver’s seat and in the glovebox,” according to a media release from Lt. Scott Spencer, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Deputies reportedly also found 11 Nike shirts, one pair of Nike shorts and two pairs of Nike shoes, which still had Academy price tags. Deputies reviewed video surveillance from the Academy Sports and Outdoors store, located at 21770 Market Place Dr., and reportedly observed both suspects removing clothes from the store racks and concealing the items under their clothes.

The suspects are accused of attempting to steal about $683 worth of property from Ulta Beauty and about $349 worth of property from Academy Sports and Outdoors.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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