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Man accused of stealing police association's credit card

By Jessica Priest
April 9, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.

Johnny Anthony Cervantes

Victoria police officers cannot locate Johnny Anthony Cervantes, but officials say they sure know how he is spending money.

That's because some of that money belongs to the Victoria Police Officers Association.

As of Wednesday, officials say they have not been able to apprehend Cervantes, 22, of Victoria, who was indicted by a grand jury April 3 on two counts of credit card or debit card abuse.

He is accused of using the Victoria Police Officer Association's First Victoria National Bank Mastercard and a woman's TDECU Visa card on or about March 16, 2013.

A woman officer left her wallet on the hood of her car that day, said Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler.

Tyler said police then found surveillance video March 19, 2013, that showed Cervantes using the card twice at a convenience store on Ben Wilson Street and Lone Tree Road.

Cervantes appeared drunk, and his purchases totaled $76, Tyler said.

"The store clerk found his appearance and deportment was not consistent with what he would expect of a police officer," Tyler said, chuckling.

It was unclear whether the card used had the "Victoria Police Officers Association" written on it, but the wallet that was taken included three other debit/credit cards, a Social Security card and a police ID, he said.

Tyler described Cervantes as a Hispanic man with tattoos. He is also described as being 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, according to court records.

Credit card or debit card abuse is a state jail felony.

The Victoria Police Officers Association is a group made up of police officers and civilian employees of the department. In the past, its members have visited sick children at DeTar Hospital North, according to previous reports.

The Victoria Police Officers Association has also collected donations to buy toys for underprivileged children during Christmastime via its Blue Santa program.

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