EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - For the second time in a week, a group of men suspected of "jugging" have been arrested by El Paso Police.
The latest group includes three men from Houston who are suspected of following victims from area banks and breaking into their vehicles.
Devante Brown, 23, Travion Beaudoin, 22, and Marnell White, 23, all from Houston, are charged with theft of a firearm, burglary of a vehicle, and criminal trespass in connection to the alleged crimes.
According to investigators, officers initially responded to a burglary of a vehicle call from a local business Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, they met with the victim who told police that he'd just made a withdrawl from a local bank before parking at the business where his car was broken into.
EPPD investigators were able to locate the suspect vehicle at another bank in another part of El Paso. The following day, investigators from EPPD, DPS Troopers and DPS Aircraft followed the trio of suspects as they allegedly went to at least a dozen banks across El Paso before they began selecting victims.
At an Eastside bank, the suspects followed a victim to a church parking lot on Vista Del Sol where they allegedly broke into her car and stole her property.
The offenders then followed a man from another bank to a store at the 11000 block of Pebble Hills where they allegedly broke into his car and stole two guns after he walked into a store.
A DPS Trooper attempted to pull the suspects over, but they fled the scene. Police were able to stop their vehicle nearby where they were each arrested and booked into the El Paso County Detention Center on bonds totaling $12,500 each.
This is the second time in a little over a year that a group from Houston is suspected in a "jugging" ring. El Paso Police tell KTSM the practice has been common in larger Texas cities including Dallas and Houston, but has only recently emerged as a trend in El Paso.
El Pasoans are encouraged to always watch their surroundings and take all belongings inside while leaving your vehicle.