EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — Several suspected Inglewood gang members and their associates have been arrested for more than 25 burglaries that have taken place in the Los Angeles area since November 2012.
The five suspects – four men and one woman – were arrested Wednesday after a two month long investigation.
El Segundo police initiated their probe after they responded to an early morning burglary at a T-Mobile store in February where an unknown number of cell phones were stolen.
“During follow-up investigation, our Detectives learned this T-Mobile burglary was one in a series of 25+ burglaries throughout the Los Angeles region,” that stretched from Ventura County to the South Bay, police said.
The suspects reportedly cut holes in the stores’ roofs or broke through vents in order to gain access, the Daily Breeze said.
The stolen cell phones were then shipped out of the country, the paper reported.
In addition to the burglaries, several of the suspected have allegedly been involved in gang shootings and have several arrests related to violent crimes, officials said.
Keith Walton, 42, Darrell Dent, 35, Lina Houze, 26, Charles Mays, 47, and 24-year-old Jeremy Tillett were arrested on suspicion of burglary, forgery, identity theft, possession of stolen property, drug sales and weapons violations.