Authorities used video from a business to investigate the theft of a license plate swiped from a parking lot. 

The following reports were generated last week by the Houston Police Department:

•David J. Gamble, 53, of 13731 Success Road in Success, was issued a citation for stealing under $500 after allegedly swiping a license plate from a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Aug. 30.

An officer responded to Walmart at about 1 p.m. and made contact with a woman there who said the license plate from the front of her white Ford Ranger pickup was missing. The officer viewed store surveillance video that showed another white Ford Ranger pickup circle the parking lot several times and then stop next to the woman’s truck.

The video showed a man get out of the stopped truck and take the plate from the front of the woman’s parked truck. Store associates were asked if they recognized the suspect, and Gamble was identified.

After Gamble’s address was determined to be at Success, a Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy assisted by going to the location and finding out from other people that he was living in the Plato area. The deputy successfully located him there, arrested him and recovered the woman’s license plate.

•An officer responded Sept. 4 to a report of a theft at Memories and Dreams on Grand Avenue in downtown Houston.

The store’s owner told the officer vendor envelopes containing $674 had been swiped and that the suspect was a 20-year-old Houston man. After an investigation, the suspect reportedly confessed and a report was sent to the county prosecutor seeking felony charges of stealing over $500.

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