Pictured: Jim Wells County Sgt. Jose S. Martinez III and Police Investigator Michael Jaramillo helped load the obstacle course moonwalk they recovered onto the owner's AllStar Party Rentals truck. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Tips through Crime Stoppers led to discovery

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Crime of the Week tips assisted in the recovery Tuesday of an obstacle course moonwalk worth more than $2,000, officials said.

The owners of the business were able to pick up the moonwalk at the Alice Police Department.

"We appreciate it, this was hard-working money," said Cora Lozano, owner of AllStar Party Rentals to law enforcement officers. "I'm so happy."

The Crime of the Week was published in the Alice Echo-News Journal on Monday and tips led to the discovery of one of three moonwalks in Falfurrias.

The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and the Alice Police Department joined efforts on this particular case. Warrants are in the process this morning to arrest the culprits responsible for the burglary, police said.

"It was originally reported to the police department and when we found out that it was out in the county, the sheriff's department took over," said Lt. Luis Barrera with the police department. "We are in the process of recovery of the other (moonwalks)."

Barrera said the obstacle course moonwalk was sold to a family in Falfurrias and was set up in their backyard. Barrera said the family is out $500, the amount they paid for it.

"If it seems too good to be true, it usually is," Barrera said.

That one moonwalk was worth about $2,300, Lozano said.

According to the police report, the burglars stole four moonwalks along with six extreme eagle blowers and six tarps that came in the same package. The items are estimated at $8,500.

The time and date of the burglary is unknown, but the stolen items were discovered missing and reported on April 30, the report states.

The moonwalks were stored on County Road 342 in the Buckhorn Storage units. The inflatable moonwalks were of Dora the Explorer, the obstacle course, which has been recovered, a hot air balloon and a sports theme.

The burglars also took seven extension cords, 10 white folding chairs and 15 white folding tables.

The reporting party said when he arrived at the storage unit he noticed the lock was locked and when he opened the storage unit, some of the moonwalks were missing. He said there appeared to be no signs of damage to the unit.

Anyone with information about the other three moonwalks taken from the Buckhorn Storage units or tips on any crime, should contact Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. hotline at 664-STOP or log in at www.stxtipscom and fill out tip information by Internet. Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and or indictment of the suspect or suspects. All calls remain anonymous.

Lozano said she is grateful for the Crime of the Week program.

"Obviously, it's effective," she said, "because it just ran (Monday)."