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Man arrested in Yeti cooler theft ring

Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN

SELMA - An ordinary shoplifting case turned into an arrest of man suspected of being involved in an organized theft ring.

Selma Police arrested Leon Gamble Jr. and charged him with Organized Retail Theft in connection with the grab and run theft of Yeti coolers valued nearly $1,200.

On Feb. 8, employees at Academy Sports and Outdoors on Interstate 35 North in Selma responded to the fire alarm going off after the side fire exit door had been opened. The surveillance footage revealed two suspects had ran off with at least four Yeti coolers.

After Selma Police put up a "be on the lookout" message up to law enforcement agencies across the state, Fort Worth detectives identified the suspects that were involved in many similar cases.

The affidavit said that police found the stolen coolers were put up for sale on OfferUp.com. Evidence showed that Gamble and another suspect were tied to the ads.

The suspects were found to have stayed at a hotel near the Academy store where they posted ads for those specific stolen coolers.

Seven other law enforcement agencies, including Houston and East Baton Rouge, La., also had active theft cases involving Gamble and other suspects.

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