Routine traffic stop leads to arrest of 3 Grand Prairie residents and recovery of stolen merchandise

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 30, 2008 - A routine traffic stop early Monday morning resulted in the arrest of three Grand Prairie residents, recovery of items stolen from a discount store and discovery of an elaborate computer system being used to print out fake merchandise receipts.

Two Grand Prairie men, ages 27 and 26, and a Grand Prairie woman, 33, were being held at the county jail at 11:15 a.m. Monday awaiting arraignment on a charge each of engaging in organized criminal activity and criminal instruments. The woman also faces a possession of a controlled substance charge as well.

According to arrest reports, the two men were stopped at the 130 mile marker on Interstate 30 east at about 1 a.m. by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds who observed the younger man, identified as the driver, commit a traffic violation in a blue 1999 model Ford sport utility vehicle.

During the course of the traffic stop, Reynolds found in the vehicle property determined to have been stolen from a Wal-Mart store. They were linked to a room at the Best Western motel. Upon entering the room, where the 33-year-old woman was noted to be the lone occupant, the troopers discovered more evidence of criminal activity.

Texas Ranger John Vance was called in. The trooper and Ranger found more stolen property as well as a computer system. Upon inspection, the state officers discerned the computer was being "used to manufacture illegal sales receipts from Wal-Mart."

During the recovery of the stolen items and evidence, the trooper and Ranger also recovered a quantity of "ice" methamphetamine in the room.

The officers felt they'd secured sufficient evidence by 4 a.m. to charge all three Grand Prairie residents with engaging in organized criminal activity as well as having criminal instruments. The woman, as the lone occupant of the room, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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