Brownsville police arrested two men involved in the theft of a GMC Sierra from McAllen.
According to police, they also found on the men a key coding system that is used to steal vehicles.
Christian Garza, 24, of Deer Park, and Prince Julious Arnold, 19, of Humble, face numerous charges that include unlawful use of criminal instruments and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Investigator Martin Sandoval, spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department, said the key coding system found in the men’s possession was similar to one seized back in November that authorities believe was used in several vehicle thefts in Brownsville.
Garza and Arnold were arrested Wednesday following a call Brownsville police received from its South Texas Auto Task Force in McAllen in reference to a stolen GMC Sierra that was in Brownsville, somewhere in the area of the 900 block of Ruben M. Torres Sr. Blvd., Sandoval said.
The GPS information for the GMC Sierra indicated it was in Brownsville. They were also told to be on the lookout for a gray Chevrolet Tahoe.
Officers and South Texas Auto Theft agents arrived at the scene and located the stolen truck. While at the location, officers noticed a gray Tahoe leaving the parking lot, Sandoval said.
Officers quickly got behind the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
The Tahoe accelerated and fled the scene but ended up crashing a short distance.
Two men fled on foot and were caught and taken into custody, Sandoval said. During the pat down, officers located several un-coded vehicle keys.
As the officers searched the Tahoe, they located a key coding system. They also found a Springfield Champion .45 mm handgun and marijuana.
Sandoval said Garza is wanted by various agencies, including DPS Weslaco, Harris County and Brazoria County.
Arnold is charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, unlawful use of criminal instruments, unlawful carrying a weapon, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. His bonds total $61,000.
Garza is charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, unlawful use of criminal instruments, unlawful carrying a weapon, evading arrest on foot, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled substance, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, theft, unlawful carrying of weapon, unlawful use of criminal instruments, criminal trespass, assault family violence and unauthorized use of motor vehicle. His bonds totaled $137,000.