20 Accused of Stealing Heavy Equipment Worth $765K in Texas

Investigators in San Marcos, Texas, say 20 people have been indicted for allegedly being part of a Texas crime ring that stole heavy equipment and sold the expensive items for cash or drugs.

San Marcos police on July 3 announced indictments returned in June helped break up the theft ring in an investigation since last summer.

Police in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of Austin, estimate more than $765,000 worth of equipment was stolen from construction sites.

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Vehicles and buildings were also burglarized. Investigators also linked the crime ring to guns and gangs.

Police say the charges include theft, engaging in organized criminal activity and fraud-related counts. Two convicted felons were arrested for parole violation.

Police say six indicted suspects remained at large Tuesday.

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