By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock police arrested 15 college-aged men Monday night for theft and organized crime. They range in age from 17 to 20.
Around 9 p.m. last night Police were called out to Lee Case Construction at 105th Street and Quaker. Witnesses from across the street told police they saw the group of men stealing 2 X 4, 2 X 6, and 2 X 8 boards along with plywood.
"They were some young guys, some frat kids that we heard about got some lumber off us. I'm pretty sure they stole about a couple hundred dollars worth," said Adrian Pena, a Lee Case construction worker.
Police later caught up with the group, in three different vehicles around Quaker and 50th street where they arrested all 15 men. "They were able to establish probably cause that the suspects were in possession of stolen property specifically lumber and building materials," said LPD Captain Greg Stevens. "It is unusual that there were a lot it's a substantial number of people that you typically find involved in one specific crime at one specific time."
While all 15 had to spend the night in jail, a Lubbock County Magistrate ordered that they all be released "pending the filing of charges" because there was not enough information to keep them jailed. That means they don't have to post bond to get out of jail but prosecutors can renew the charges, and if that happens warrants would be issued and all 15 would be re-arrested.
Sources told KCBD Monday night that the men were Texas Tech students and are pledges of one of the fraternities there.
According to the police report their names are:
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