Theft Victim Says CS Detectives Too Busy to Help; CSPD Disagrees

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

College Station resident Dana Grove says her trouble started a little over two weeks ago, in the parking lot of the Kroger at Longmire Drive and Rock Prairie Rd.

"I was unloading my groceries," said Grove. "I sensed a car getting close to my cart so I turned to pull it closer to me. As I turned I saw an arm reach out of the car, grab my purse and speed off."

Grove got the license plate number and called College Station Police.

"He came back from the car and said that they had an address in Bryan and that they were sending a patrol car to that address," said Grove

Hoping for an update, Grove said she called the detective assigned to her case the next day.

"He told me he was backed up to November in cases and he apologized and said it was gonna be a while," said Grove.

That day Grove did some investigating of her own through public records websites. She found that the plate was registered to the home of two people already in jail on murder charges.

"It frightened me because it is a hardcore crime family," said Grove.

Grove e-mailed her findings to Police. An officer replied that it couldn't have been the accused murderers because they were in jail long before the purse-snatching.

According to Grove, since then she hasn't heard anything else from Police.

"When I look back, I wouldn't run into the store I'd just get in the car and follow the car and I'd just flash lights or swerve or whatever to draw attention, because I wouldn't want her out of my sight," said Grove.

Grove has begun patrolling that street herself, looking for the car and the plate.

"Because no one has time to look for her," said Grove.

The Groves lost about $600 in gift cards and cash, and had to change their bank account. However, according to Foree Grove, Dana's Husband that's not what irks the couple.

"Its the principal of the thing," said Foree Grove. "How come we can't expect our police officers to be responsive to theft?"

"I think it would just take some investigative work with the people that have the power to do investigative work," said Foree Grove.

College Station Police said they are actively pursuing the case.

"No, we don't have a four month backlog," said College Station Police Lieutenant Rodney Sigler. "Can we get to this case? Yes. Each case is different, some are solved quicker than others, some just take more time."

College Station Police do not recommend searching for someone believed to have committed a crime, for safety reasons.

According to Sigler, CSPD employees 107 officers. Nine are detectives, two are investigators assigned to the special investigations unit. Another 10 are enrolled in the police academy.

The Groves say they are both applying for a concealed handgun license.

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