Trio accused of burglarizing vehicle of man who left bank
3 men watched customers at Cypress-area bank, police say
HOUSTON – Three men accused of burglarizing a vehicle belonging to a man who had recently left a bank have been arrested, Houston police said.
Roderick Davis, Desmond Eugene and Jeremiah Booker were watching customers at a Cypress-area bank at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The men are documented gang members and career criminals from northeast Houston, police said. The trio watched customers conduct business at the bank with the intention of following them and targeting them for theft.
Police said the men watched as a man left the bank and followed him from the bank to the area of Barker Cypress and U.S. 290.
After watching the man get out of his vehicle and go into a business, the men broke the man's window and burglarized his vehicle to steal his property, police said. Houston police officers observed the burglary in progress.
Police said the trio fled from the officers in their vehicle. Davis crashed the suspect vehicle in the area of Mueschke Road and U.S. 290.
The trio then evaded from officers on foot, police said. Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office assisted Houston police in capturing the three men.
Police said Eugene has a criminal history, which includes three convictions for aggravated robbery and a narcotics-related offense.
Booker is currently on parole for burglary of a habitation and has a criminal history that includes burglary, assault, burglary of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief, police said. He is on bond for reckless driving in Harris County.
Police said Davis is currently on parole for possession of crack cocaine and has a criminal history that includes tampering with evidence, criminal trespass, delivery of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a criminal instrument.
The trio will be charged Tuesday with the third-degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity. Police said Davis will be charged with felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Booker and Eugene will be charged with evading arrest on foot.
Police said the men are believed to have committed numerous other "bank jugging" thefts in the Houston area. Police want to know if anyone recognizes the vehicle or men from previous incidents.
The men are from the Trinity Garden neighborhood of northeast Houston, police said.
The Houston Police Department is reminding people conducting business in area banks to be alert and attentive of their surroundings to avoid becoming a victim of "juggings." The department recommended the following tips to avoid becoming a victim:
- Be alert and attentive to your surroundings
- Look for suspicious vehicles near the ATM or in front of the bank
- Never make a bank bag, envelope or carrying case visible
- Once you leave the bank, make a mental note of any vehicles that may be following you
Anyone who has information on other crimes the men may have been involved in is asked to call Crime-Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Police said if anyone feels that they are being followed by a bank-jugging suspect, call 911 and drive to the nearest police station.
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