Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News
Police said they've captured a robber behind 15 insurance office heists.
Dallas Police said they've captured a robber behind 15 insurance office heists.
30-year old Michael Cleveland is behind bars charged with two aggravated robberies. From July to mid-September, police said Cleveland hit up insurance offices, mainly those which service Latino communities.
Most often, he would run out with money. In one holdup, he stole a gun from an Oak Cliff office.
Surveillance video shows he would use similar tactics, running into the office with a bandana over his face and a revolver in hand.
Police were concerned the violence would escalate with more robberies. On Sunday, police would not say what led to the arrest.
The last insurance office police said Cleveland hit was one on North Clinton Ave. in Oak Cliff. That happened in mid-September.
Police have worked around the clock trying to close-in on Cleveland. Pictures of the vehicle he used in the North Clinton robbery, helped police get closer.
Soon after, sources told NBC DFW's Ray Villeda police scoured Dallas for a similar car. Detectives were able to narrow in on a Buick Rainier. With the help of the Dallas Police Department Metro Deployment Squad, a car was found and traced to Cleveland’s girlfriend. The metro squad watched over that car and saw Cleveland get in.
Police pulled him over Saturday around 6:15 p.m. on the 3000 block of South Beckley for failure to signal. They found he was driving with a suspended license and more than four grams of marijuana.
When taken to DPD headquarters, NBC DFW was told he gave a full confession to all the robberies to take place.
More charges could come in the next few days. Right now he’s behind bars with a bond set at $101,000.