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Balch Springs woman arrested in theft ring

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A woman has been arrested and her boyfriend is being sought in connection to a Balch Springs theft ring, according to police.

Police arrested Mindy Brayden, 33, on Tuesday for her alleged role in the ring. Items police recovered include cars, golf carts, kitchen appliances and boats.

Brayden was stopped by police in a stolen vehicle on Tuesday morning. They'd been looking for her and began questioning her about reports of stolen property at her house.  

During her arrest, Brayden agreed to let police go back to her home and search the residence. Police found many stolen items at her house.

Police recovered 28 guns, most of which were shotguns and hunting rifles, from a storage unit in Duncanville. Additionally, police found 14 stolen items at a different house last week at a Dallas residence located on Seagoville Road, including four-wheelers and classic cars.

Braden’s boyfriend is still being sought by police. He was seen driving a suspected stolen vehicle and trailer last week and ignored officer’s requests to stop. He later abandoned the vehicle in Dallas and fled on foot.

Balch Springs police said they spent most of Tuesday processing the stolen items found, and it could take days to inventory each item and determine where they were taken from.

Police call the couple opportunistic thieves who filled a backyard with a punching bag, water heater, boat motor, air tank and kids' toys.

Next door neighbor Rhonda Cash noticed the piles of junk and confronted Braden.

“I asked her, ‘Why all this?’” said Cash. “And she said they were hoarders.”

The conditions inside the home have been described as deplorable, which will take weeks to comb through.

“There's all kind of stuff, it's all the way to the ceiling,” said Cash. “There's no telling what has been stolen.”

Balch Springs police said the investigation into the theft ring remains ongoing and involves multiple other agencies in North Texas.

“This was some seasoned criminals,” said Lt. Mark Maret with the Balch Springs Police Department. “They knew how to get away with stuff. They knew how to steal stuff.”

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