The FBI Houston Major Theft Task Force said it has captured three men considered to be suspects in a jewelry store theft operation in the southeast Texas city, MyFox Houston reports.
The three men, who are natives of Colombia, were placed into the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Thursday after Houston police stopped their vehicle for traffic violations, but have not been charged with any crimes yet, the television station reports.
Investigators reportedly said they believe the three suspects were scouting sites for future holdups.
The three men are identified as follows:
Wilson Javier Paez Pena, 31;
Luis Lopez Garcia, 35; and
Edwin Mursea, 35.
All three are felons who have been deported from the U.S. before, the television station reports..
Investigators reportedly said they believe that the three men are part of a larger network of jewel thieves that have targeted Houston businesses.
Investigators have released images of Pena, Garcia and Mursea in order to get information from the public about who the three men associate with and where they live, so that more suspects in the robberies can be found, the television station reports.
There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to suspects arrested and charged in this case. Any information that can help the FBI find the remaining suspects can be given to Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.