Four Dallas men are now behind bars in connection with a rash of home burglaries in Rockwall and surrounding cities.
Police arrested Detrevion Turner, Marcus Duren, Decoreum Clater and Jesse Houston at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators said the suspects targeted at least 10 homes in Rockwall and as many as 10 other homes in surrounding cities.
"They were just bad guys breaking into people's homes and taking people's property, and they needed to be caught. They needed to be stopped," Rockwall police Sgt. Jeff Welch said.
Officers patrolling the targeted neighborhoods recognized the suspects' car in the 1400 block of Lochspring Drive based on witness descriptions and conducted a traffic stop.
"Once the stop was made, officers were able to link evidence inside the vehicle to the burglaries that have happened here in Rockwall," Welch said.
Police said the suspects would knock on doors to see if anyone was home and bust down the door if no one answered.
Rockwall resident Bill Troth was burglarized while he was away from home last week.
"I wouldn't know what to do," he said. "I don't know what kind of people would be breaking in."
Turner, Duren, Clater and Houston are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity - burglary, a first-degree felony.
Rockwall resident Leigha Ballard said she is relieved by the arrests.
"Well I'm glad they're not out here anymore because the cops did an excellent job of putting them in jail, and that gives us a peace of mind," she said.
Ballard said she was keeping a close eye on her house because of the rash of burglaries in her neighborhood.
"I had my gun out and the dog in the house and locked my door," she said.
Police said their investigation into the burglaries is still ongoing. The four men are in custody, but other burglars could still be out there, police said.