Local woman arrested in Florida could be tied to hundreds of burglaries

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CRAWFORD, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas woman who was arrested in a crime spree in southeast Florida could be tied to hundreds of burglaries.

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The Martin County Sheriff's office said the arrest Chelsea Rae Mott, 31, and her accomplice Nicholas James Roberts, 26, could clear 250 car burglaries.

Mott is from Crawford and remained behind bars Monday in the Martin County Jail, north of West Palm Beach.

Using a surveillance helicopter, a man was captured breaking into a number of cars and stealing purses, bags and electronics.

Roberts, of Fort Worth, was arrested as deputies surrounded his car.

Deputies pulled a woman out of the passenger seat who has been identified as Mott.

Mott's residential address is just outside of Crawford.

Authorities say her two young daughters were not in the car with her during the arrest.

Family members tell KWTX the children are safe and happy in Texas.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara say's Mott is known to his office.

"We've dealt with this individual several times before in the county, mainly on just small charges, petty theft that type of thing,’ the sheriff said. “You know that's how most of these things start, small scale and then they escalate to much bigger and worse things and so apparently they have graduated to the big time now."

Records from McLennan County show Mott was arrested in 2010 and 2013.

Crawford Police Chief Clay Bruton said he gave Mott a trespass warning last October, asking her to leave the grounds of the Crawford independent School District.