BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) — Police say a flower delivery man is to thank for catching thieves stealing from a Bee Cave neighborhood on Tuesday.
The delivery man was dropping off a bouquet of flowers at a home in the Falconhead subdivision when he noticed someone running out of the back of the house. The delivery driver said around the same time, a car began honking behind him and he realized the driver was likely trying to pick up the men he saw running.
The delivery man, who is a retired Austin firefighter, got the car’s license plate number and called 911.
“He did exactly what we preach to our citizens and anyone that comes to our community,” said Bee Cave Police Lt. William Pitmon. “If you see something that looks out of place, if you see something that looks suspicious, call us. Even if you’re wrong, it’s OK, we can deal with that. But, nine times out of 10, you’re probably right.”
Because of the delivery man’s quick action, officers were able to stop the car soon after. They arrested Jordan Clark, 18, and Charles Gurley, 19, for burglary of a habitation and possession of marijuana.
Detectives believe two other men were also involved, but they have not yet been found. Inside the suspects’ vehicle, officers found not only a jewelry box from the house the men were seen leaving, but other miscellaneous items from several other homes and cars in the area.
“Mail items and shoes and clothing,” Lt. Pitmon said, “You could tell they were gifts. There was wrapping paper, you know, and trash and debris in the back seat of the car.”
Some of the items have been returned to their owners. Detectives are asking anyone else in the area who has noticed belongings missing to call the police department.
The delivery driver did not want to be identified, but his boss told KXAN in an interview she was very proud of him.
“He’s an excellent employee,” said Donna Parker, who owns Flowers by Nancy, too! “He’s very thoughtful, he’s very kind and he’s always considerate. And he’s even very thoughtful in his delivery process.”
Parker says the delivery driver served as an firefighter for more than 30 years and has a trained eye for such instances.
“I think he just saw things that the rest of us wouldn’t, as far as the descriptions and license plates and things like that,” she said. “The rest of us would just panic or fumble with our phones, and he really knew what to do.”
“Would the officers have caught those guys otherwise?” Lt. Pitmon asked. “We don’t know, but it’s very rare. Most of the time, when we catch robberies in progress, burglaries in progress, crimes of that nature, it’s because someone did the right thing and called us.”
Police are reminding people to lock their homes and cars. Pitmon says in many cases like this one, thieves are able to get away with valuables because people leave doors open.