HARLINGEN — Police have identified the three suspects in a pawn shop robbery and a hoax phone call described as a diversionary tactic.
Police said Michael Serna, 23, Cody Quintero, 21, and Janie Martinez, 21, are responsible for the robbery, which involved a fake “active shooter” threat to Harlingen High School South.
All three have been charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and are being held without bond on that charge.
They also are charged with first-degree felony engaging in organized crime, with bond set at $250,000 each on that charge.
In addition, Quintero has been charged with a first-degree felony for making a terroristic threat with bond set at $50,000, police said.
Police said the fake call was placed about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Both high schools were placed on lockdown for 45 minutes. But police said they determined it was a hoax and a diversionary tactic perpetrated so they could rob a pawn shop.
Officers responded to the robbery in progress at the Amigo Pawn & Jewelry shop located at 321 N. Loop 499. Two men, identified as Serna and Quintero, entered the pawn shop wearing masks and hooded shirts, police said.
One man carried a handgun and the other man carried a hammer.
Both men entered the store and the man with the hammer broke the glass counter and started removing jewelry. They stole a set of truck keys from a customer, and fled the scene in the stolen truck, police said.
Both were arrested following the robbery.
In addition, police said they arrested a female accomplice identified as Martinez.
During a search of Martinez and Quintero’s home, police said they seized several long rifles, handguns, ammunition and tactical equipment, including bulletproof vests, along with evidence of the crime.