Police bust suspected organized crime ring - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/09

Police bust suspected organized crime ring

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Developing news from the Lubbock Police Department, where Wednesday afternoon, authorities broke up a suspected organized crime ring.  Lubbock Police had half-a-dozen people in custody Wednesday evening, and they were searching for more.

This is a four month long investigation.  It began when an employee stole different shipments of Apple iPods and Apple laptop computers from a UPS warehouse in Lubbock. Authorities tell us the merchandise was distributed at a discount through, as they describe it, several layers of hierarchical criminal structure. What's unique about his case, according to detectives, is that the stolen items were advertised to others through text messaging.

Police arrested six people Tuesday.  They're charged with organized crime, held on bonds ranging from $50-$100,000.  Authorities continued to search for six other suspects.  One is charged with organized crime and the rest are charged with theft for knowingly buying stolen property.  

In the meantime, police tell us they have the serial numbers for all the stolen merchandise and they urge folks who didn't purchased their iPods or Apple laptops from sources other than authorized Apple retailers to contact them.  "You may have purchased that device not knowing that it's stolen, and certainly you're not in any trouble for that, but we do need to determine if that's stolen or not," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

You can call Lubbock Police at (806) 775-2431 to check your items. Just give them the serial number, and they can find out for you. We'll continue to follow this developing story, and bring you the latest on NewsChannel 11 at ten.

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