A six-month investigation into a series of thefts at Willis ISD's Parent Support Center, which helps struggling families with food and clothes, has resulted in the indictment of three individuals, according to an April 20 news release from the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.
The constable's office received a tip from the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers about thefts occurring at the support center, which had been in operation for 17 years but closed in September due to the theft concerns and reopened in November under a new name, Wildkat Resource Center, according to the news release. Donations were given to the center from the community, and food items were donated by the Montgomery County Food Bank.
School resource officers said they reviewed surveillance footage and saw suspects arrive at the center and load trucks with donated items, sometimes within a couple hours of the food bank making its delivery, according to the news release. Investigators allege employees stocked the pantry shelves and then sold the excess items—which included chips, drinks, small household items, cosmetics, personal hygiene products and first aid items—likely to area flea markets. Investigators believe this had been occurring prior to the center being closed, the release states. It is not clear from the news release whether this continued after November.
The three suspects are Teresa Joyce Herod, Samuel Anthony Saldana and Christopher Paul Walker. They were indicted on charges of theft/engaging in organizing in criminal activity, a second-degree felony, according to the release .
6-month investigation into Willis ISD food pantry thefts concludes with indictment of 3 individuals
The three individuals were indicted on a charge of theft/engaging in organizing in criminal activity. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)