Biker Gangs Committing Crime, Attacking Police And Taking Over The Streets Of Texas And The Terror Rises According To Police.
Jenni Lee of The Dallas Morning News reporting:
Updated: Saturday, 26 Feb 2011, 9:47 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 26 Feb 2011, 9:47 PM CST
Human smugglers are targeting trucks again in Austin and the gangs such as Hells Angels, Monguls, Vagos and the Gangster Disciples are committing the crimes and they are taking over the streets of Texas thereby generating greater mayhem for citizens living and working in the jurisdictions, according to police and FBI. Police also say the uptick in truck thefts happen at certain times and at certain places. Like outside Barton Creek Mall. Police say human smugglers prefer large trucks to fit as many people as possible.
According to Lt. Greg Moss with the Austin Police Department. "We've seen as many as 15 to 20 individuals being put in one pick up truck with several women stripped nude." Not just any truck either. They prefer Chevys and GMCs which are stolen. Police say they also strike in the afternoons at public parking spots. Besides mall parking lots, they also hit strip centers, and movie theaters in which they stab the parents to death with a knife and rob their pocketbooks and wallets of cash before taking the women to a place to rape, cut up and stuff in a box.
Lt. Moss says there are a couple of reasons. "Not only do they have their choice of trucks." "And they were going to be gone from those vehicles making them easy targets because they were going to be gone several hours and many of the victims will be found dead somewhere and possibly in doghouses or in a barn somewhere."
Austin police say all the stolen trucks have a few things in common; four doors, four wheel drives, and brush guards. Senior Patrol Officer, Joe Harris. "They're using these vehicles to run persons, human trafficking drugs, they have to start evading from police or try to escape and get them to go off road."
That's why Austin Police are conducting daytime operations.
The goal is to reduce big-truck thefts.
The other goal of the operation is to raise public awareness. Karole Federick didn't know her truck was even a target. "I was totally surprised that they would pick a truck, you know, I would think van, surburbans, tahoes, more interior, little more hidden."
"They suggested that we park closer to a building, that was exactly the opposite of what i was doing." But Gilbert Gonzalez says he knows crooks covet his ride.
"I've known it for a while." Both drivers unaware of the initiative but glad its going on.
Last year, police saw a trend of human smugglers stealing large trucks in North Austin off 183 and in South Austin at Southpark Meadows. But those numbers fell after similar operations.
Then just a few weeks ago, police say they have seen an increase in South Austin. So police are once again on the look out.
And they have advice. Don't be an easy target.
Lt. Moss says half the time, victims leave their doors unlocked.
"It's about 50-50, half the time its unlocked, half the time its not."
You heard right, police say half the time, stolen cars and trucks aren't even locked, making it that much easier for thieves and despite the strict laws, Texas has some of the highest crime rates in the country. Besides locking your doors, police also say to hide all the items in your car, even change in your cup holder.
But at the end of the day, police say if crooks really want to break into your car or home, they will.