Police responding to a shoplifting call at a city department store led to the arrests of three San Antonio residents, two women and a man, on theft and drug charges on Monday.

David Ferguson, New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator, said police were called to the Kohl’s department store in the 1000 block of Interstate 35 North, around 5:20 p.m. Monday.

“NBPD received a call for a theft in progress at the store, where the loss prevention unit had detained two females,” Ferguson said. “We arrived on the scene and made contact with the two females, who were suspected of taking tennis shoes. 

“As officers spoke with the females, other officers investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot, where a man was sitting in a maroon Chevrolet passenger car. It turned out that the females and the male were connected.”

Ferguson said while questioning the male, officers saw a glass smoking pipe in clear view inside the vehicle, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. 

“The male was then arrested,” Ferguson said. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a purse, “with multiple clear baggies containing a white crystalline substance that also field-tested positive for methamphetamine.”

Ferguson said the male told officers that he had recently purchased methamphetamine from the female who owned the purse, later identified as Valeen Joy Tellez, 35, of San Antonio. Tellez was charged with theft of property greater than $100 but less than $750; and the manufacture and/or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, between 4 and 200 grams.

The other female, Josie G. Madrigal, 36, also of San Antonio, was charged with theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions. The male, Armando Anthony Ramirez, 22, of San Antonio, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, between 4 and 200 grams.

All three remained in Comal County Jail on Tuesday — Tellez under $52,000 in bonds; Madrigal under a $4,000 bond and Ramirez on a $5,000 bond.

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