The Grinch, or one of his associates, is active in Baytown as several residents reported lawn ornaments stolen Saturday night. Police received two reports in the Chaparral subdivision, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jason Kelly.
He said the first call came from the 1400 block of Cactus Drive, where an inflatable Santa Claus and reindeer valued at $150 were taken from a yard. In the 4300 block of Lariat Drive in the same neighborhood, candy-cane shaped Christmas lights were taken.
Surveillance video showed two persons wearing hoodies and a dark vehicle.
Across town in Country Club Oaks someone — possibly the same people — also stole inflatable decorations about 9 p.m. Saturday.
A witness to that theft said the thieves wore hoodies and appeared to be children being directed by a woman who was heard telling them to keep their hoodies up.
A man was charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly firing a handgun into a wooded area behind 6900 North Main Street about 11:50 p.m. Friday during an argument. Nicholas Urban, 25, was charged for firing a weapon in a public place.
A 20-year-old man led police on a pursuit about 1:40 p.m. Thursday when an officer tried to stop him for reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign in the 1500 block of Ward Road. Kelly said that Jose Rodriguez fled at a high rate of speed before finally ending up in a dead-end in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Ward Road. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for driving while intoxicated, and got an additional charge for evading arrest.
A 31-year-old man, Triston Mathias, was reported missing by his mother. The last contact his family had with him was by telephone on Nov. 14.Mathias is described as a black man, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, with hazel-colored eyes. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and green and white shoes. He has tattoos on his neck, hands, forearms and chest.
• Tools and cash were stolen from a vehicle in the 2200 block of Bruce Drive Friday.
• Property valued at about $70 was reported stolen from a vehicle inn the 1200 block of Northwood Drive Friday night.
• A vehicle was reported burglarized at a fitness center in the 3500 block of Garth Road about 10:50 a.m. Saturday. The burglar got away in a silver Toyota Camry with paper plates.
• A firearm was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1700 block of Colby Drive Friday night.
• A UHaul box truck was reported stolen in the 2700 block of North Main Street Saturday.
• Property worth about $100 was reported stolen in the 3000 block of North Main Street Saturday.
• Tools valued at about $600 were reported stolen in the 700 block of North Circle Drive.
• Nearly $1,000 was reported stolen in the 2500 block of East James Avenue Sunday afternoon.