The operation included hundreds of thefts from vehicles parked in victims' driveways, Precinct 4 officials said in a statement released Feb. 15. Although it is not clear whether thefts committed by the identified suspects took place in the Cy-Fair area, tire thefts in Cy-Fair have been on the rise, according to Precinct 4 data.
Three Cypress area ZIP codes—77433, 77429 and 77070—saw the combined number of vehicle-related burglaries rise by nearly 200 between 2016 and 2017, from 1,086 to 1,285, according to an analysis of Precinct 4 data by Community Impact Newspaper. The largest increase was seen in the 77429 ZIP code, which rose from 331 incidents in 2016 to 432 incidents in 2017.
Precinct 4 officials said they collaborated with 11 different law enforcement agencies to bust the crime ring, including officers in Washington County, where several of the identified suspects are residents.
As of press time, three suspects are in custody and eight more are wanted. Precinct 4 officials said they executed search warrants Feb. 15 and are in the process of recovering stolen property and critical evidence. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The seven counties where thefts occurred were Harris, Grimes, Waller, Washington, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazos counties, according to the Precinct 4 statement.