Surfing Safari:Tip leads to arrest in theft


Working from a tip from a local resident, Cameron County Constable Hora­cio Zamora announced Wednesday night that three arrests were made and more could be pending from a case involving a theft of a jeep and surfboards during Spring Break.

On March 15, a report was filed that a 1999 Jeep, owned by Thomas Edwards from Spicewood, Texas had been stolen from the KOA Campgrounds on South Padre Island. Edwards also reported that a pair of cus­tom-made surfboards had also been taken.

“These are unique boards,” said Lieutenant Silverio Cisneros, “they were not going to be easy to hide. One was a Yater which is custom made in California and the other is an Aipa which is custom built in Hawaii. There just are not that many of these around here at all.”

DPS contacted Zamora Monday after the Jeep was discovered burned in a vacant field in Hidalgo County. Also on Monday Zamora received a phone call with a tip that led to the eventual arrest.

‘A citizen made a call when someone tried to set up a meeting to sell some surfboards,” said Zamora, “it just so happened that this individual knew the owner and the boards described sounded just like the ones that had been stolen.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Mar. 31 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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