Police: ATM theft ringleader still at large

Crimes attributed to ring of thieves ended in early June with arrest of several suspects

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - Local 2 Investigates has learned that a significant portion of stolen money from a series of ATM heists was spent at the Houston Galleria during a shopping spree.

Photographic evidence obtained through a reliable source shows a suspect showering himself in large bills.

A police source identified the individual as Dennerick Crew, charged with robbery, and arrested Tuesday.

Police have linked 30 crimes to more than 20 people working together, according to police, to steal trucks, ram them into convenience stores, and steal automatic teller machines.

Most of them have been arrested and charged.

"They would crash the truck through the wall and knock the ATM lose from its base," HPD detective Greg Shelton said.

Crimes attributed to the ring of thieves ended in early June with the arrest of several primary suspects.

But police have said one of the main "choreographers" of the costly crimes, in which nearly $200,000 disappeared, is still at large.

He has been identified as Daniel Prince, 31, of Houston.

"We believe he was involved in selecting the various locations that were hit as well as selecting the various crews," Shelton said.

If you have information about Prince, call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.

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