A man from Wichita Falls pleaded guilty to using a 76-year-old woman’s credit card and stealing donation boxes from a mosque in a separate crime while wearing a t-shirt with “UNDERCOVER POLICE” printed on it, according to court records.
A charge for a third allegation that he robbed the home of a deceased couple is still pending, court documents show.
Justin Allen Brown, 37, pleaded guilty to credit card abuse against a senior and burglary of a building on Friday at the 30th District Court in a plea bargain, according to court documents.
Judge Jeff McKnight sentenced Brown to five years in prison for credit card abuse on January 31, 2020 and 15 months in state prison for the July 22, 2019 burglary, according to court documents.
The sentences must be carried out simultaneously, according to a court document. Brown received seven days in jail as a deduction from his sentence for the two convictions.
Abuse of credit cards by the elderly carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Burglary carries a penalty of up to two years in a state prison.
Brown was being held in the Wichita County Jail on Monday, according to online prison records.
A police affidavit gave this account of credit card abuse allegations: Elderly woman noticed unauthorized charges on her credit cards after Brown helped her move out when she hired DL Moving Enterprises.
The woman received notices of unauthorized transactions of at least $ 2,000.
Wichita Gold & Jewelry provided police with photos of Brown wearing a moving uniform shirt when he purchased jewelry using the woman’s stolen credit card.
The owner of the moving company told police he didn’t know Brown and didn’t want to claim him as an employee. The owner told police he went to pick up Brown for the job and paid him under the table.
A police affidavit gave this account of the mosque robbery:
The Wichita Falls Islamic Center in the 1700 block of Trigg Lane reported that the mosque was broken into and $ 7,000 in cash stolen from donation boxes hung on the wall.
Security footage showed a man using bolt cutters to secure a key box around 12:30 a.m. on July 22, 2019, and returning at 1:06 a.m. with Brown. He was wearing the T-shirt with the large print. They then left with the donation boxes.
Witnesses have come forward to identify Brown after a video was posted on social media. The prints removed from the scene returned to Brown’s accomplice.
Another police affidavit provided details of the allegations against Brown related to a burglary on November 8, 2020:
A woman has reported a burglary at the home of her deceased parents in the 1800 block of Huff Street.
She said the police items seized included two Kingsley heat presses valued at $ 1,400, several Kingsley-type police wooden boxes valued at $ 2,000, rolls of aluminum foil for machines and several accessories for them, as well as a Webster Chicago wire recorder.
The pawnshop notes and eBay listings led the police to Brown.
Home burglary is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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