$1.9 MILLION DOLLAR THEFT RING CAUGHT-- WATCHES, JEWELRY, GUNS STOLEN
Five men accused of running a multi-county burglary ring responsible for stealing $1.9 million in designer watches, purses, jewelry, guns, and cash in burglaries were arrested.
The alleged crimes occurred in the California counties of Orange and San Bernardino. The suspects were arrested by SWAT teams on Friday May 15, 2020.
Jurandir Endnilson Penate, 24, Erick Daniel Soria, 27, Alvaro Ramos, 37, Eugene Yi, 35, and Sergio Soto, 33, all of Los Angeles, were arrested in the multi-agency operation.
Felony criminal charges were filed against the five suspects per a rash of alleged burglaries that began in Chino Hills in August 2019 and continued in several other cities netting the group $1.9 million in expensive merchandise. Four of the burglaries occurred when residents were home.
The suspects are accused of going to peoples homes in very nice expensive neighborhoods to steal property. They were accused of looking for high-end purses, Rolex watches, and other kinds of property that they can easily and quickly sell. The stolen property had a high monetary value on the streets.
Soria, who is currently on parole for residential burglary, is facing 83 years and 8 months in state prison if convicted on all charges. Soto, is a third striker with prior convictions for residential burglaries and assault with a deadly weapon, is facing 35 years to life in state prison if convicted on all charges.
Ramos, who is currently on parole for residential burglary and evading police, is facing 125 years in state prison if convicted on all charges.
Yi, who has one prior strike for a 2005 great bodily injury conviction, is facing 19 years and 8 months in state prison if convicted on all charges.
Penate is facing 55 years and 4 months in state prison if convicted on all charges.