Three individuals were arrested in Texas on Monday for their alleged involvement in a jewelry heist gang that targeted Asian people in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.
The Plano police department had been investigating the gang for a year after a spike in apartment burglaries that followed a similar pattern: the front door being forced open and gold or jewelry being stolen.
The residents of the targeted homes were always of Asian descent. The suspects, Jose Gonzalez, Libardo Soto, and Melba Gaitan, are believed to be linked to at least 15 different burglaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are thought to have specifically targeted Indian people.
The suspects were found with $35,000 in cash and jewelry valued at up to $200,000, as well as tools for dismantling jewelry and contact information for retailers that buy gold and silver.