HOUSTON -- A man accused of stealing $2 million worth of equipment from construction across two states is behind bars.
Inside a house near Humble, federal, state and local investigators say 40-year-old Melvin Cupp was operating a construction theft ring that financially hurt a lot of people in Texas and Louisiana.
“Whoever is doing this certainly has a lot of money,” said Cyrene Cupp McWilliams, the suspect’s mother. “We don't have any money. What does that tell you.”
Cupp’s mother, who didn't want her face shown, has three sons. All of them have been in and out of prison. They've been in trouble with stealing construction equipment before.
In Montgomery County, law enforcement and the district attorney's office say they are very familiar with the Cupp brothers. Michael and Mark are currently serving time, and now Melvin is headed back to jail. He is being held on $500,000 dollar bond.
This latest investigation lasted seven months and was led by the Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force.
Since December, the task force says it has recovered $2 million worth of construction equipment, including six tractors, a couple of four wheelers, three pickup trucks and dozens of chain saws, welding equipment and weed eaters.
Montgomery County prosecutor Rob Freyer says the equipment was stolen in dozens of counties.
Sources told KHOU 11 News that the Cupp brothers have ties with the Arian Brotherhood of Texas or ABT gang.
Their family says it's not true.
“They said that last time they got arrested,” said McWilliams. “That they were affiliated with the Arian Brotherhood.