HPD Bust Nets Multiple Arrests, Nearly $100,00 in Merchandise

July 24, 2008 - Investigators in the Houston Police Department Burglary and Theft Division have arrested five suspects responsible for committing hundreds of thefts totaling more than $97,000 in merchandise from several retail stores in Houston, Harris County and other surrounding areas.

The suspects are identified as Mynor Estuardo Granados (H/m, DOB: 6-11-83), Joaquin Nayiv Ramirez (H/m, DOB: 2-26-81), Dimas Benedicto Reyes (H/m, DOB: 3-4-78), Ines Amparo Oliva (H/f, DOB: 4-20-53), and Miriam Del Rosario Muralles (H/f, DOB 11-3-57). All are charged with felony theft in the 209th State District Court. Suspect Muralles is also known as Leticia Ortiz (H/f, DOB: 3-5-58).

Granados, the main suspect and leader of the group, is believed to have been involved in several retail theft cases dating back to 2005.

The thieves struck dozens of locations in the Houston area including the Home Depots at 10960 Westheimer and 3931 Fairway Plaza (in Pasadena) and almost every known shopping mall in the Houston area including Memorial City, Northwest and First Colony.

In July 2008, HPD investigators received information from employees of Stage Stores about a group of suspects operating an organized retail theft ring. An investigation determined the suspects were operating out of two apartments in the 2400 block of Briarwest Boulevard and a storage unit at 12711 Westheimer.

On July 11, further investigation and surveillance video identified all five suspects stealing merchandise from several retail locations in Houston, Dallas, Mesquite, Port Arthur, Sugar Land and Missouri City areas.

On July 15, all five suspects were arrested after investigators witnessed them moving large amounts of merchandise at the 2400 Briarwest location. All five suspects remain in custody.

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