FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center arrested six people on charges of racketeering, money laundering, burglary and dealing in stolen property following a year and a half investigation into more than 30 burglaries in Collier and Miami Dade counties.
The investigation shows that the owner of Treasure Chest Jewelers, Nancy Aguilar, 42, along with her husband, Salvador Aguilar, 38, and her brother, Idalberto Arias, 41, all from Miami, organized a burglary ring to steal jewelry and cash. Treasure Chest Jewelers is a pawn shop located at 9720 SW 24th Street in Miami. Investigators believe Treasure Chest Jewelers profited at least $2.1 million dollars by selling the stolen jewelry to be melted down.
The suspects allegedly used expensive vehicles to blend into affluent neighborhoods, primarily in Miami, Miami Beach and Naples and would burglarize homes during the day.
FDLE worked in conjunction with Collier County Sheriff's Office, Naples, Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Doral police departments to investigate the burglaries.
Nancy and Salvador Aguilar and Idalberto Arias were arrested on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, managing or dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to deal in stolen property. Arias was also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary of a dwelling.
Enrique Pena, 38, Cindy Reyes, 24, and Denisse Diaz, 28, all from Miami were also arrested on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to commit burglary of a dwelling. Pena was also charged with managing or dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to deal in stolen property. Reyes and Diaz face additional charges of conspiracy to deal in stolen property.
All suspects were booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. The case is being prosecuted by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Organized Crime Unit.