Police need help IDing last of 5 suspects in failed Lindale burglary
LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Police in Lindale are searching for a group of organized crime suspects after a failed burglary attempt.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning at the Lowes in Lindale, but the alarm was triggered before they could take anything substantial.
Most of the suspects are believed to be from the Kaufman and Dallas county areas. Police say they now know the names of four of the five individuals they are looking for, but they are withholding those names until the fifth suspect is identified.
Checkout cameras recorded the suspects on Saturday at the same store, and police say the individuals returned the following. Police believe they're part of a group that is involved in a large theft ring.
"I can tell you right now, Hopkins County, Smith County, I know Henderson County has dealt with them," says Chad Mcelyea with the Lindale Police Department.
On Sunday morning, police say two of those people shown in the checkout cameras got on the roof, cut a hole in it, made their way to a box, and started cutting wires that set an alarm off.
"You see them just running all over the store trying figure out how to get out of there. Apparently they inadvertently set off the alarm systems, and at that point, they know law enforcement's coming within a certain time frame, it's time to get out of there," says Mike Lazarine with the Lindale Police Department.
They did manage to get out, but even though they don't know the last suspect's identity, police say the community response was exactly what they needed.
"It was really surprising to see the amount of people that were getting it right on the identification and were matching IDs when they were calling us and giving us information," Mcelyea says.
Police say those involved in theft rings may be working with people who have knowledge of the businesses they are hitting. They're asking the public to be on the lookout for a white 4-door dodge pickup truck with a tan panel and white rims.
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