Marion burglary ring busted

Police: Ring one of the largest small town has ever seen

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist, mrivers@ksat.com
Published On: May 09 2013 04:43:41 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 06:00:32 PM CDT
MARION, Texas -

Police have arrested three men in connection to a string of eight burglaries in Marion, beginning in July 2012 and ending in March of this year.

Miguel Vega-Vera, 18, was charged with five counts of organized criminal activity.

Two others, Tyler Valadez and Gabriel Labrador, will be charged with similar crimes soon, according to Marion police.

Officials said Valadez and Labrador would do the actual thieving, pilfering 19 iPads, a flat-screen TV, and digital cameras from different businesses around town. 

Their largest crimes were committed at Marion High School, according to an arrest affidavit, where the pair made off with thousands of dollars worth of electronics.

The pair would then sell them to Vega-Vera (pictured), according to the affidavit.

After months spent searching for suspects, police got a break in the case when Valadez was arrested on a credit/debit card fraud charge.

His fingerprint matched a print lifted at one of the burglary scenes, and Valadez confessed to the crime, police said. 

He also implicated Labrador and Vega-Vera in the cimes, both of whom also later confessed.

"This was one of the larger burglary rings we've ever dealt with in Marion," said Sgt. Darren Haverstock, of the Marion Police Department.

Some of the property stolen has been returned to its rightful owners, and police are in the process of tracking down more missing items.

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