Tracking down a stolen car leads deputies to a major burglary ring bust, and nabbing more than a dozen crooks.
Around 3 a.m. Monday, Harris County Constable Precinct 3 officials said someone stole a car from a car lot on Beaumont Highway near C.E. King Parkway in northeast Harris County.
That car turned out to have a Lo-Jack tracking device, which led deputies right to the first two suspects near a gas station off Dell Dale and North Brentwood.
Officials said they were surprised at what they found inside the car.
"We came across numerous Texas drivers licenses, identification cards, checks from numerous different bank accounts, checks that were already made out to other organizations," said Captain Jon Moore with the Harris County Constable Precinct 3 office.
Investigators said after questioning the suspects, they were led to a nearby hotel room. Inside the room, they said they found even more evidence.
"In the room, we found a loaded shot gun at the door, loaded pistol under the pillow of the bed, and stolen computers, jewelry, money, all kinds of stuff," said Harris County Constable Precinct 3 ken Jones.
Jones said acting on more information, they found a stolen Ford F100 and were led to a storage facility on Brentwood. That's where officials said they found several rooms full of stolen property.
"After a little bit of surveillance, suspects were pointed out, which led us up to 13 arrests. So we started off with two this morning and one stolen vehicle, now we have two stolen vehicles and thirteen suspects," Jones said.
Officials said they're working to find the owners of the stolen merchandise.