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Police use GPS tracking device to find alleged suspects of an SW Houston Best Buy robbery

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HOUSTON – Police are investigating a robbery that took place at the Best Buy on Richmond around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, apparently, several men forced the sliding glass doors of the store open and used a minivan, which may also be allegedly stolen, to smash through the security doors.

Houston police state the men allegedly stolen an entire cage-style case of cell phones then left the store.

The case of cell phones came equipped with a GPS tracking device which becomes activated if removed improperly from the store.

HPD was able to track down the stolen phones as well as the stolen minivan in the parking lot of an apartment complex 15 minutes from the store.

The cell phone cage was still inside of the van when police discovered the van in the parking lot.

The cell phones were returned to the retailer according to authorities.

While investigating the van, officers noticed people in another vehicle behaving strangely and apparently attempting to leave the apartment complex parking lot through the “entrance only” passage.

Authorities stated the people in the vehicle were detained for questioning and were later allegedly arrested for a correlation with the robbery.

Police are reviewing the surveillance footage from Best Buy to make a positive identification on the suspects in this case.

Houston PD and Crime Stoppers are asking that anyone with information about the case to please come forward and call 713-222-TIPS.

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