A Houston woman was defrauded in a scheme involving gift cards, police said. 

The following are excerpts from reports generated by the Houston Police Department:

•Donna L. Rowland, 67, of 1229 W. Crest Dr. in Houston, was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way after a two-vehicle accident at Highway 17 and Augusta Street at about 8:50 a.m. Dec. 16.

•An officer responded at about 4:50 p.m. Dec. 2 to a report of a shoplifter at Walmart.

A Walmart official told the officer she had observed a man roll a cart into the parking lot loaded with a 40-inch TV (without its “spider wiring”) and two hoverboards (with a total value of $944) that he had not paid for and load them into a silver Ford Fusion and drive away on North U.S. 63.

A customer who witnessed the incident reportedly got a photo of the vehicle showing a Florida license plate registered to a Walnut Shade man. The man is on parole, and his parole officer was contacted and advised of the theft.

Investigation continues.

•Kathleen J. Sawyer, 82, of 199 Chick Johnston Street, No. 1, in Raymondville, was cited for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway after a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 63 and First Street at about 12:20 p.m. Dec. 15.

•Immogene R. Schultz, 87, of 410 Hamrick Terrace in Houston, was cited for failure to yield right-of-way after a two-vehicle accident at Highway 17 and Thomasville Road at about 2:25 p.m. Dec. 13.

•An officer was dispatched Dec. 5 regarding a report of a scam phone call at a Cleveland Road residence.

A 92-year-old woman who lives there told the officer she had received a call from a man claiming to be her son who said he was in jail in Sarasota, Fla., and needed $2,000. The woman said the caller told her to go to Walmart and get four $500 gift cards and he would call her back.

She got the four cards and when the man called back, she reportedly gave him the card numbers.

Shortly after speaking with the suspect the second time, the woman received a call from her son who said he was on his way to Missouri from Oklahoma City.

The officer checked the balance on each card, and they were all at zero. A Walmart employee was able to track the transactions on the four cards to a store in Vista, Calif.

•A 60-year-old Hartshorn man reported on Dec. 8 that he had left his Ford F-350 truck at a Houston repair shop on Nov. 13, and when he picked it up on Dec. 13 he found that several items with a total value of $680 had been swiped from a toolbox in the vehicle’s bed. Investigation continues.

•Shawn E. Tyler, 54, of 19530 E. Highway 32 at Licking, was issued citations for driving while revoked and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway after a traffic stop on U.S. 63 at about 10 p.m. Dec. 12.

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