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5 Colombian citizens charged in Texas jewelry thefts

DALLAS (AP) — A prosecutor says five Colombian citizens have been arrested in three violent robberies targeting traveling jewelry salesmen in Texas, one of which resulted in a death.

U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas says the five, who range from ages 25 to 35, are charged with multiple counts of robbery and brandishing a firearm to further a crime.

Parker says the robberies took place in 2016, including one in which a victim was beaten to death.

He says the group is part of a larger organized theft ring from South America. They were wanted by the FBI, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Department of Public Safety, the Arlington Texas Police Department and the Garland Texas Police Department.

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