Jewelry stolen in Houston stuffed into teddy bears

HOUSTON (AP) - Some jewelry stolen in Houston turned up stuffed in teddy bears shipped to Florida.

Houston police investigator Paul Reece says the four suspects are from the Orlando area, where three were arrested. Reece said Tuesday the suspects allegedly had traveled to Texas to target pawn shops.

Police say three men face charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon over a March 16 armed holdup. Some people in the store were tied up as cash and jewelry were stolen.

Houston police say the fourth suspect, who remains at large, is also wanted over a Feb. 14 pawn shop holdup.

Law officers in Orlando confiscated an overnight shipment of teddy bears and located the jewelry. Further investigation linked the stolen jewelry to the Houston robberies and the suspects, police said.

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