MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the central Mexican state of Puebla say marines have killed the state's most wanted train thief.

State security secretary Jesus Morales and state prosecutor Victor Carranca say via Twitter that Enrique Sanchez Carrera has been killed in a clash.

The state prosecutor's office said in a statement Tuesday that Sanchez Carrera organized train robberies, which had been occurring more frequently in recent weeks. They say they believe a crackdown on criminal bands stealing gasoline from pipelines had led criminals to expand to train robberies.

Their investigation indicated that Sanchez Carrera did not consider train robberies a crime, because only transnational corporations were affected. He was killed Tuesday morning.