Police say they are close to tracking down a group of thieves operating along South Alameda after a victim managed to track a stolen item to a local pawn shop.
It was Tuesday when two vans showed up to a home on Stages Drive and Alameda and two Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman got out of the vans and broke into the home, stealing a TV set.
The three suspects were able to get inside of the home by prying open the front door. They had also tried to break into two other homes in the area, on Poenisch and Claremore, but never made it inside.
Investigators said they tracked down the serial number from the stolen TV to the EZ Pawn at Leopard and Port. They contacted the store owner, who then turned over surveillance video to police.
Authorities say that immediately after the robbery spree, they went straight to the pawn shop to unload the TV. It is believed that the surveillance video shows them pawning it.
"I'll be able to identify the individual that pawned it. I will have to talk to him and find out how he came into possession of that item," said Detective Luis Rodriguez of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "Sometimes they pawn it for someone else who didn't have a serial number. At least that's the story they tell us. In this case, it was pawned very shortly after the burglary occurred."
The burglars worked the area on Tuesday after the lunch hour. Investigators also said that there were several witnesses who saw the suspects at all three locations.
With the new evidence, police believe they should be able to solve the case quickly, which is good news for everyone. They also want to remind everyone to write down the serial numbers found on all of their electronics, as well as lawnmowers and weedeaters.
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