Photo: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
Each week, we comb through dozens of court affidavits from arrests made in the Alamo City. Here’s a look at some of the oddballs.
Wine, dine and dash: San Antonio police arrested a man for attempting to swindle H-E-B out of more than $4,000 worth of wine. Hoang Nguyen, 43, was arrested on theft charges after allegedly switching the price tags on three dozen bottles of wine last week, according to court affidavits. Police said Nguyen took price tags off of high end wine bottles and replaced them with cheaper tags at six H-E-B stores on Nov. 24. He paid $170 for 35 bottles of wine – the actual retail price was $4,036. Nguyen was caught the next day by H-E-B staff when he attempted to go through a manned checkout stand with a switched bottle and was asked for his ID. He was deterred and fled the store, leaving his ID and property behind, the affidavit said.
Cold case: San Antonio police caught a “serial beer thief” red handed, when they arrested 39-year-old Louis Rubio on theft charges, according to a court affidavit. On Oct. 1, police conducted a traffic stop on a gray 2007 Mazda and noticed at least seven unopened, cold cases of Bud Light and Budweiser beer. Rubio told police he was taking the beer to his grandmother’s house for a surprise party, and officers let him go. An hour later, police received a call about a gas station theft that had occurred right before the traffic stop, in which the suspect took three cases of beer matching the description of those found in the suspect’s car. Surveillance footage showed Rubio taking the beer.
Dollars and no sense: A San Antonio man had money on his mind after his currency-themed tattoos helped police identify him as an alleged robber. Jason Salazar, 19, was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery after allegedly robbing a Little Sam’s convenience store at gunpoint in September. Salazar and a second man demanded money from the register then took off on foot. Salazar had a “unique and distinctive” tattoo on his left hand that could be seen in the surveillance footage, a court affidavit said. His tattoos included a one hundred dollar bill, a money bag and dollar signs.
The lighter side: One man was arrested on theft charges after police say he stole a case of lighters from a South Side gas station. On Nov. 6, Jesus Herrera, 32, entered the MS Express and, while the cashier’s back was turned, stole a case of Bic lighters and $100 worth of rolled quarters, a court affidavit said. When police caught Herrera a week later, he confessed to stealing from the store, but “could not give any reason” why he stole the lighters, the affidavit said.