Rosenberg City Councilman Jacob Balderas has been arrested and charged with theft, according to the Fort Bend County authorities.
Balderas mugshot and booking information was posted on the county jail’s online webpage early Tuesday.
According to the booking information, he was arrested on Feb. 23 at 9:13 a.m. on a warrant issued by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office on a charge of theft of property, between $100 and $750, a Class A misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, and up to two years of community service.
He is specifically accused of stealing a set of jumper cables, a brake rotor, six quarts of motor oil, and an oil filter from store owner Josh McDaniel between the dates of Oct. 9, 2018, and Feb. 24, 2020.
The booking information also notes that Balderas punishment could be enhanced because he was serving as a public servant at the time.
Apparently, Balderas came into possession of the items as part of his duty as a member of the Rosenberg City Council.
The indictment does not go into detail. Supporting documents, however, explain that Balderas took the items over three separate occasions and that the alleged thefts were reported by Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White. The documents did not explain how White came to know of the alleged thefts.
(See indictment and supporting documents online at fbherald.com.)
Balderas was released on a $1,000 bail bond.
Fellow city councilman Isaac Davila has called for Balderas’ resignation in recent weeks because Balderas is often tardy to meetings, leaves early or doesn’t attend — even online meetings.