Eight people, including four juveniles, were accused of using a stolen truck to commit dozens of vehicle burglaries overnight in Denton from Monday to Tuesday.
Adrian Bolanos, 18, Diego Montemayor, 18, Yeseenia Martinez, 17, and Alejandro Rivera, 18, were all taken to Denton City Jail on Tuesday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. The four juveniles were also arrested on the charge.
Denton police responded to the initial report of a stolen vehicle at about 8 p.m. Monday at the Forum at Denton Station apartment complex, at 201 Inman St.
The victim, who worked for a private trash collection company, had left his truck running to collect trash bags around the apartment complex. When he returned, he discovered the vehicle had been moved.
He said a Hispanic male wearing a black shirt was in the vehicle and made eye contact with him. The man then sped off and nearly hit the victim, police said.
Denton police later found the truck at about 4 a.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Highland Park Road. The vehicle was occupied by all eight suspects, four of whom were lying in the truck bed at the time, according to a Denton police arrest affidavit.
In an interview with police, Montemayor said one of the suspects asked him to meet him at the Forum apartment complex Monday night. Montemayor said he was walking toward the location when the suspect picked him up in the stolen truck, the affidavit said.
They then picked up the other suspects before committing "20 to 50" vehicle burglaries in Denton that night, Montemayor said in the affidavit. Police said the stolen items included a computer, knife, robe and shoes.
No injuries were reported.
JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.