More than 100 stolen financial and identification records were recovered by Converse Police after a high-speed chase and crash Thursday morning in northeast Bexar County.
Converse Police Chief Fidel Villegas said the incident began when store personnel at a Walmart on FM 78 asked for help with a man who had been detained.
"He was detained for suspicion of theft and possibly trying to pass some stolen credit cards," Villegas said.
Villegas said when the man realized he would be facing charges, he tried to make a run for the door.
"He started trying to evade the officer in the Walmart and as the officer caught up to him, a struggle ensued. He was Tased by the officer and arrested and he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and he was taken into custody," Villegas said.
While some officers were trying to gain control of the man, Villegas said other officers realized a woman in the store seemed to be working in concert with the man.
Villegas said "The female made her way to the garden center and the employees were pointing her out and saying she was trying to cash forged money orders."
When officers tried to question the woman, they said she also fled from the store, climbing into a white Chevrolet pickup in the parking lot with a male driver.
Police said with officers in pursuit, the driver took off at a high rate of speed and fled until the driver crashed into a minivan at the intersection of Walzem and Woodlake Parkway.
Villegas said "He ran a red light, struck the minivan, which crashed into another car which then hit a third vehicle. There were five people with reported injuries and three of them were hospitalized."
Villegas said the injured were all reported in good condition.
Villegas said the pickup truck had paper plates, concealing other plates, which, along with the vehicle, were stolen.
"When that vehicle wrecked, the driver of the stolen truck was arrested on scene. The officers were focusing on him and the female managed to get away at the scene and she has not been arrested. She melted into the scene however we have a good description and we believe we will be finding her soon," Villegas said.
Villegas released of a photo of the woman, saying even though she was unsuccessful at cashing any forged items, she is still considered a suspect in an apparent far-reaching organized criminal enterprise.
Villegas said the woman's distinctive pink hair should make her easy to identify, but he stopped just short of releasing her name or the exact charges she might face.
Pending confirmation of his true identity, Villegas believes the driver of the stolen truck was already facing felony charges.
"The driver of the stolen vehicle was a wanted fugitive with at least one warrant out of Bexar County," Villegas said.
With regard to the man who was arrested inside the store, Villegas said he was taken to the hospital to be checked out for possible injuries he may have sustained while resisting arrest. Villegas said it is too soon to say what charges he may be facing.
With regard to the recovered stolen property, Villegas said his detectives are already working to contact the owners of the stolen credit and debit cards, checkbooks, checks, social security cards, drivers licenses and even one Mexican passport. Villegas said some of the stolen checks appeared to be rent payments made to a San Antonio apartment complex.
Villegas said anyone who believes they may have been a victim should contact Converse Police for more information. Villegas said as more information becomes available, they will be sharing what they learn on the department's Facebook page.