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3 brothers arrested on suspicion of theft ring involving stolen lawn care equipment

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HOUSTON – Three brothers suspected of stealing lawn care equipment from commercial landscaping companies were arrested Wednesday, the office of Harris County Precinct 5 said.

Marcus Yanez, 34, Felix Yanez-Vallejo, 42, and Jesus Yanez, 50, are all three are facing felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, the office said.

Investigators said the Yanez brothers are accused of targeting commercial landscaping companies since 2017.

They are suspected of stealing riding mowers and other types of equipment during the daytime as lawn care workers were working in customers backyards. The three would load the equipment in their pickup truck, sometimes stealing entire trailers, and leave the scene, the office said. 

If anyone has information about this case, visit the Online Crime Tips site

Lawnmower Theft Ring Broken Up

WANTED WEDNESDAY: Lawnmower Theft Ring Cut Down To Size Investigators with Constable Ted Heap’s Office today broke up a long-running organized crime ring consisting of three brothers who had been targeting commercial landscaping companies in West Harris County and other suburban areas around Houston. After an investigation covering several months, Marcus Yanez, 34, Felix Yanez-Vallejo, 42, and Jesus Yanez, 50, were picked up on arrest warrants this afternoon. All three are facing felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. The Yanez brothers have been targeting commercial landscaping companies since at least 2017. They would steal expensive riding mowers and other equipment in broad daylight as lawn care workers were tending to their duties in their customers backyards. The suspects would load the equipment in their pickup truck, at times stealing entire trailers, and quickly leave the scene. In multiple cases, the thefts turned into aggravated robberies and assaults as the Yanez brothers turned violent when confronted by citizens who caught them in the act. Precinct 5 investigators are in the process of linking several other similar crimes in West Houston to this organized crime ring. If you have any information which may help with the investigation of these crimes, please let us know through our online crime tips webpage: https://constablepct5.com/index.php/online-crime-tips

Posted by Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018