HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Four people have been arrested and at least eight others are wanted for felony charges after investigators uncovered a crime ring responsible for the thefts of hundreds of vehicle tires and wheels, the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable's Office confirmed.
The crime ring has been the subject of a 14 month investigation. Investigators said tires and wheels were stolen while the vehicles set in the victims' driveway.
"We determined this by eyewitness testimony and by video surveillance that many homes have now," Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said.
The suspects are charged with felony theft and engaging in organized crime. Investigators said the group targeted vehicle — mainly truck — owners in several Houston area counties including Harris, Grimes, Waller, Washington, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazos.
On Thursday, Herman announced deputies had recovered thousands of stolen tires and wheels from Martinez Wheel Connection in Spring Branch area. Officers arrested Jose "Joe" Martinez-Garcia, 53, and his son Pierre Martinez, 28, during the raid.
"I can tell you that we're going to end up confiscating probably the entire Martinez tire shop," Herman added.
The younger Martinez is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
In December 2016, constable deputies responded to a tire and wheel theft in progress call. Responding officers spotted the suspected vehicle and there was a brief chased that ended when the suspects got out of the vehicle and ran away, deputies said. Although the suspects managed to escape, investigators were able to identify two of the suspects using DNA evidence.
Terry Dewayne Rogers, 21, and Ansel Keymond Pennygraph, 36, were arrested in Waller County.
The following people are still wanted:
- Celyncia Tranise Jordan, 30.
- Frederick Dewayne Santee, 20.
- Tyrin Dewayne Hunter, 23.
- Rodney Rayonn Tates, 32.
- Brandon Jermaine Walker, 29.
- Ladarien Drake-Jackson, 22.
- Michael Charles Walker, 25.
- Damarkus Mondrell Williams, 23
Constable deputies have executed search warrants on multiple locations early this morning and are in the process of recovering stolen property and critical evidence related to the organized criminal activity.
Eleven law enforcement agencies across Texas were involved in the investigation.