In the city of South Beach, Florida, Law Enforcement announced Wednesday that they have arrested a group of suspects who stole over $6 million in jewelry through the past 2 years. Eight South Florida residents are now charged for their participation in where they burglarized jewelry stores and pawnshops in six different states that included Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Connecticut.
The suspects are professional and expert burglars who would cut holes at the roof of the stores and then proceed to disable alarms and the surveillance systems. Then they would use torches to gain access inside the safe, the authorities said. The suspects were: Jose Betancourt, 43; Yenier Cardentey, 31; Juan Collado-Miranda, 44; Juan Manresa-Leyva, 411; Abelardo Pena-Cardentey, 33; Maykel Roque, 27; Tony Sanchez, 26; and Yaubri Suarez, 30.
The suspects are now in custody and were arrested between May 19th and May 24th. According to the FDLE, they were charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. To help with the investigation, it took over several law enforcement agencies. “The Office of Statewide Prosecution and FDLE worked on this investigation for nearly two years with law enforcement throughout the Eastern United States,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi in a written statement. “The large-scale cooperation among the various law enforcement agencies was a vast undertaking that will result in justice for the victims of these burglaries.”
It’s reassuring to know that these thieves have finally been caught. We’ve posted many burglaries that totaled up to over $100,000 in stolen goods, but this one takes the cake. That is large amount of money, and for these suspects to go unnoticed for 2 years really opens up our eyes that there are still people out there who will take these types of risks, especially in the state of our economy. They definitely knew what they were doing and how to approach every store they raided. It’s a scary thought to know that there are thieves like them prowling the streets waiting to scavenge up your hard earned profits or inventory. The suspects weren’t raiding or burglarizing just one area; they went from state to state, where they were never caught until now. It’s like something you would see out of a movie. You never truly realize or think that this type of criminal activity can happen to you, but they certainly can. It’s wise to prepare for the worse especially if you have valuables such as expensive jewelry and cash.
Even though it took police reinforcement 2 years to find the suspects, the saying goes “what comes around goes around.” They’ve had a short taste of living the luxury life, but will now have to pay for the consequences. You can never be too safe, no matter where you live. Make sure you have the necessary protection and security. Always keep in mind, “it’s better safe, than sorry.”