WATCH: Bulletin warns N. Texas malls of 'Three-Minute Gang'



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:32 PM


Monika Diaz reports

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DALLAS - North Texas mall employees are being asked to be on the lookout after news that a crime spree that has spanned at least 12 states and totaled over $100 million may hit area malls.

Bulletins passed to several malls have warned employees of the so-called "Three-Minute Gang," which in 1999 hit at least 25 jewelry stores from coast to coast. The gang has also been reported to have hit 12 states - including California, Nevada and Texas - in five years.

The group has stormed into shops before they open, smashing their display cases and grabbing everything they can.

They got their name because they get in and out in less than three minutes during each heist.

Awhile back, police in California got a break. They arrested the alleged ring leader, Clayton Randolph, and Tony Whitaker.

Clayton Randolph (left) and Tony Whitaker

Ten years later, the faces of both men are now posted in a bulletin that has been passed to NorthPark Center stores. News 8 has learned other malls in the area have also been alerted.

The bulletin urged businesses to be on the lookout for a seven-man crew suspected of jewelry store burglaries. The group reportedly strikes between 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. According to the bulletin, the men apparently case out the stores looking for easy access and high-priced items stored in display cases.