Cops bust female burglar ring, close nearly 2 dozen cases



Posted on January 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- A group of female burglars have been charged in connection with nearly two dozen burglaries around the Austin area.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jessica Chinn, 25, Cristal Gomez, 17, and Kayla Wright, 19, are each charged with a second degree felony of burglary of a habitation.

Their arrest affidavits say that on Aug. 6, a couple living on Creston Lane came home to find their bedroom window had been broken. Several items, including a 42" TV and a Microsoft Xbox, were missing.

Neighbors told police that a Hispanic female driving a red car had knocked on their door around noon that day, asking for a woman who doesn't live there. A witness recognized the woman as Gomez, who is known to hang out with Wright and "steal things."

Police had already been investigating Gomez and Wright for more than two months and believe they are responsible for more than 20 residential burglaries in Austin. At least eight of those took place within a one-mile radius of the home on Creston Lane. Police say a red Dodge Avenger has been seen at each burglary.

On Oct. 24 the women were arrested for a separate burglary offense. Both confessed to the crimes and told police where they could find the stolen property. Police tracked those items through a pawn shop and search warrants of the girls' homes.

The Segura family has been victimized before. They installed cameras inside their home to catch the women.

"We feel more safe just because we know they're where they belong in jail," said Yulidia Segura.

Austin Police Department Detective Eric Cleveland says the women were stealing for drug money and for the thrill.

"It appeared that they thought they could get away with it, and it was more of a joyride to them," said Cleveland.  

The third woman, Jessica Chinn has not been arrested by police. If you have any information about her whereabouts, call Austin police.

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