HOUSTON – A group of men believed to be responsible for more than a dozen robberies, including two Thursday, have been captured.
Detectives said they've been looking for the suspects for months. County robbery detectives already had undercover officers on the street looking for them before Thursday's robberies.
The search ended around 2 p.m. when a Houston Police Department Northside Tactical Unit officer saw their car and put out the alert that led to their arrests.
About a dozen officers converged on a Quality Inn & Suites motel Thursday afternoon to arrest the three armed robbery suspects.
The men's car was spotted on an I-45 North Freeway feeder road by an undercover officer. When it pulled into the motel parking lot, Houston police and Harris County deputies swarmed in.
The car fit the description of the one used in the robberies of two Cricket cell phone stores carried out earlier in northwest Harris County -- one in the 800 block of FM 1960; the other farther north at Louetta Road and Kuykendahl.
The last robbery was caught on surveillance video around noon when the masked men entered the store waving guns. A security camera showed one of the suspects force an employee into a back room to open the safe.
The gunman then forced the unarmed man to the floor, and began filling a bag with cash and cell phones from the safe.
A second employee was brought into the room by another suspect and questioned before the robbers left with the money and stolen phones.
The suspects are believed responsible for as many as 20 Cricket store robberies in the last few months.