Miami, Florida — Residents in Collier and Miami-Dade Counties can rest a little easier tonight after six people were arrested in connection with a string of burglaries.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement spent a year and a half investigating more than 30 burglaries that were occurring during the day in upscale neighborhoods in South Florida.
The investigation showed that the owner of Treasure Chest Jewelers, Nancy Aguilar, 42, her husband, Salvador Aguilar, 38, and her brother, Idalberto Arias, 41, all from Miami, organized a burglary ring for the purpose of stealing jewelry and cash. Treasure Chest Jewelers is a pawn shop located at 9720 Southwest 24th Street in Miami, Florida.
Investigators believe Treasure Chest Jewelers profited at least $2.1 million dollars by selling the stolen jewelry to be melted down. The group apparently used expensive vehicles to blend in to wealthy neighborhoods, primarily in Miami, Miami beach, and Naples; committing burglaries in broad daylight.
Families that had their jewelry stolen say insurance claims mean nothing because family heirlooms can never be replaced. Residents are glad to see the thieves behind bars.
FDLE was assisted in the investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Naples, Miami-dade, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Doral Police Departments.
Nancy and Salvatore Aguilar, along with 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, also from Miami were 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.
They were all booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.