Texas Aryan Circle Members Arrested in Car Theft Ring

  • October 3, 2008


Brownsville, Texas, police officers arrested four members of the Aryan Circle racist prison gang for allegedly planning to sell stolen trucks in Mexico. 

On September 1, 2008, the officers arrested Alan Dobbins, 28, Cary Lyn Cotton, 24, Christopher Cornwell, 34, and David Parker, 25, for allegedly planning to sell trucks, which they had purportedly stolen, in Matamoros, Mexico.  All four men are believed to be members of Aryan Circle, which is one of the largest racist prison gangs in Texas, known especially for its violent rivalry with another racist prison gang, the Texas Aryan Brotherhood. 

In the early morning hours of August 31, police received a call reporting an attempted theft of a truck at a local motel.  Upon arriving at the scene, police discovered that the truck had been broken into, and several items, including a pistol, had been stolen.  Police then surveyed the area and discovered four other trucks of the same type and model in the area, all with similar damage to the key holes and ignition. The police checked the license plates and discovered that all of the trucks had been reported stolen. 

As the police began impounding the trucks one of the suspects approached the officers and inquired about the vehicles, which raised the suspicion of the police.  The police officers went to the suspect's motel room where they discovered the three other suspects as well as numerous handguns and implements which could be used to steal vehicles.

Brownsville Police believe that the men were going to sell the trucks to an organized crime organization in Matamoros.

All four men were arrested and are facing various charges including felony theft of a motor vehicle, theft by possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a handgun by a felon, unlawful possession of criminal instruments and engaging in organized criminal activity.


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