September 26, 2011 - A third and final suspect wanted in a jewelry business theft at 5623 Hillcroft earlier this year is in custody and awaiting extradition back to Harris County on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Acting on a tip, Dallas Police Department officers arrested Kelvin Lynn O'Brien (w/m, DOB: 2-14-67) late Saturday (Sept. 24) at a nightclub in Dallas. An updated photo of O'Brien is attached to this news release.
On September 13, officers in the Houston Police Department Major Offenders Division announced the arrests of two of three suspects charged in a major jewelry heist that resulted in the seizure of $2.5 million of items purchased by the suspects. Two suspects, Jason Clay Kennedy (w/m, DOB: 2-2-71) and John Dewayne O’Brien (w/m, DOB: 8-25-64), were arrested in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on September 6 and investigators asked for assistance in locating Kelvin O'Brien. All three suspects are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in the 338th State District Court.
Investigators revealed the same suspects are believed responsible for as many as 30 similar thefts in Texas and Oklahoma dating back to the year 2000.
On the night of February 5, an estimated $6 million worth of jewelry, diamonds, gold and watches were stolen in a burglary at the KARAT 22 Jewelers at 5623 Hillcroft. It was determined the suspects gained entry through the roof of the business and then cut a hole into the vault to steal the merchandise.
A surveillance video showed two males dragging what appeared to be heavy objects from the area behind the jewelry store and into a Ford dually truck. Further investigation identified Jason Kennedy, of Crowley, Texas, as the truck's owner. The same truck was seen driving around the business several times on the night of the burglary.
The Major Offenders Career Criminals Squad and FBI Major Theft Task Force joined forces in a seven-month investigation and learned the suspects had purchased numerous luxury items including a Cabin Cruiser, high end Mercedes Benz, a Land Rover, a $500,000 home, just to name a few. Investigators obtained and executed seizure warrants a the suspects' businesses. All items mentioned above, as well as heavy duty cranes from a crane company, were seized by investigators, who then obtained arrest warrants.
Kelvin Lynn O'Brien
Update: JFC/VHS 9-26-11
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