Temple Police Department arrests VA car thief

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 6:13pm

On Tuesday at about 2:30 PM, Temple Police Officers responded to a motor vehicle theft at the Temple V.A. Hospital, 1901 S. 1st Street.

The victim reported that on this date at about 6:30 AM they had arrived at the facility for a medical appointment. The victim said they pulled into the valet service lane, and waited several minutes. A male suspect approached the car asking if they were there for an appointment. The suspect assisted the victim out of the car and retrieved a wheelchair for the victim to use. The unidentified male claimed to work for the V.A. Hospital and would park the vehicle for the victim. He then entered their 2011 Ford SUV and left as though to park the car.

Following their appointment, the victims returned to the valet counter to retrieve their vehicle. They were advised their keys were not on scene, and no one matching the suspect description worked as a valet for the V.A. Hospital.
Officers from the Veteran’s Administration Police Department responded and attempted to help the victim locate the vehicle on the property without success. Closed Circuit Security of the valet area was reviewed, and the suspect was tentatively identified as a possible former resident at the V.A.

On 5/21/2014 at about 9:30 PM, Temple Police Officers were dispatched to “Harmony Court Apartments”, 2114 S. 5th Street, in reference to a stolen vehicle. Responding officers located the vehicle in an alley behind this location. The vehicle was occupied by Kevin Joseph Donnelly, a 50 year old Temple man. Kevin Donnelly was the tentative identity provided by the V.A. Officers following their review of video surveillance. Officers took the suspect into custody without incident.

The case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on 5-22-2014 and a criminal complaint issued charging Donnelly with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Mr. Donnelly remains in the Bell County Jail pending arrangement.   


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