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‘Ninja Robbers’ face judge in Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- They’re accused of tying people up and robbing them of cash, jewelry, even cars. Now, several of the so-called Ninja Robbers are back in Collier County.

On Tuesday, Judge Jim McGarity read the 39 charges for Andrew Perez. His co-defendants say he was the mastermind behind the frightening home invasion robberies that terrorized Collier County in 2014.

Perez, who’s also facing charges in Orange County, now has a $33.4 million bond in Collier County. Frank Bower, another suspect, is being held on $1 million bond.

Deputies say the robbers can be seen in frightening surveillance video breaking into homes.

Court documents show the men took entire families hostage and tied everyone up, including children and the elderly. Then, deputies say they stole cash, jewelry and cars.

Jacob Gallegos, who deputies say tried to sell some of the stolen cash and items, was also in court.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation and 250 hours of community service. The other co-defendants, Henry and Jonathan Contreras, are in court in Orange County.

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