City ordinance plays factor in solving crimes in San Juan

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 4:09pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:13am

Yesterday we showed you the surveillance footage from a Sprint cell phone store robbery in San Juan.

Thanks to that surveillance footage, investigators were able to locate the suspects involved.

For two weeks, San Juan police were unable to locate the pair of cell phone robbers seen in security camera video.

But today, the two suspects plus two additional teens were finally identified and arrested in connection to this crime as well as three other robberies in the upper Valley.

San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzales says it's the latest case that has benefitted from a city ordinance passed in August 2010 which requires all businesses in San Juan to have security cameras installed.

"We have been able to capture and arrest an individual based on that video surveillance," Gonzalez said.  "Within the past month, we probably arrested 10 to 12 individuals based on video surveillance."

That number includes a pair of Valluco gang members arrested in connection to a day care center robbery back on May 18.

Investigators were able to arrest four men after identifying them on the day care's security camera footage.

"The whole purpose is to target the criminal end of it, to make sure we capture the individuals coming into the businesses and being able to prosecute them in court," Gonzalez explained.

Gonzalez says the video evidence from the security cameras is hard to disprove.

"The video itself won't lie.  If a suspect is saying he wasn't there, the video itself is the evidence that we're seeking in the case to build against the suspect."

According to San Juan police, the four teens arrested for the Sprint cell phone robbery are part of a small gang called "Carnales Por Vida."

They're expected to go before a judge tomorrow.

The Sprint cell phone store robbers are also responsible for two mcallen robberies and one out of Edinburg.  Police were able to locate to of the phones stolen from the San Juan location; they're working on tracking down the other six.

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