AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two members of what Austin police are calling an “organized residential burglary ring” are in custody, but more are being sought in connection to thefts from five residences and vehicles across the city.
The cases date back to November 2017, and the Austin Police Department says the suspects also used items they stole to engage in identity theft, forgery, credit card abuse and altering identifications. More than 50 charges have been filed in the cases.
Austin police say a burglary victim who had his check stolen said the check was used at a Wells Fargo in south Austin. With that information, investigators were able to grab a surveillance photo of the person who cashed the check.
Some victims and their neighbors told KXAN the suspects often broke in through side or patio doors when the homeowners weren’t home.
According to APD, the suspects managed to get away with laptops, cameras, people’s engraved weddings bands, IDs, credit cards and even mail.
Court documents in this case say some stolen jewelry were sold at pawn shops, which means the victims may not ever get those back.
Michael Allen Conchola, 54, and Elias Joseph Perales, 28, are both in custody in the Travis County Jail as of Wednesday. Consuelo Denise Orta, 30, was booked into jail Thursday. Police are searching for Dawin Nichole Mendez (Horton), 36 and Pablo Segura, 30. Investigators say Conchola and Mendez are longtime associates; Perales and Mendez are in a relationship; Orta is Perales’ cousin and Segura is Orta’s boyfriend.
Police also say there may be more victims, and released photos showing items like cameras, shoes, purses, guitars, bullets and laptops. If the items belong to you or you have information on the suspects, you are asked to call APD at 512-974-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.