DORAL, Fla. – Five people were arrested Wednesday as a result of surveillance conducted by Miami-Dade police detectives.
Devante Lewis Carter, 21; Shane Rahmings, 20; Caleb Brown, 21; Andrew Ramos, 21; and Christian Velazquez, 20, were arrested.
Detectives started their investigation by analyzing crime trends in cases where victims were followed from banks and subsequently robbed, or had their vehicles burglarized, according to a news release.
Surveillance was set up in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank near Northwest 186th Street and Northwest 67th Avenue.
Police said the five suspects were seen loitering in a silver Nissan before they got out of the shopping center and "drove in a manner to determine if law enforcement was following them," the release said.
Detectives followed the Nissan to a Walmart in the 5800 block of Northwest 117th Street.
The five suspects then entered the store, where they stole several video games by concealing them inside a backpack, the release said.
Detectives were able to meet the suspects when they were walking to their car.
As a result of the investigation, six vehicle burglaries were solved, police said. In addition, a search of the Nissan revealed a stolen gun, black mask, flashlight and marijuana.
The suspects have been arrested on charges that include grand theft of a firearm, vehicle burglary, petit theft, loitering and prowling and possession of marijuana.