MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Investigators say five men suspected in multiple home burglaries in Nassau County are part of an organized crime ring out of South America.

Amaro Rosas, Bayron Palta, Fabian Catalan, Juan Rosas and William Perez were arrested late Thursday night after a burglary spree on Long Island’s North Shore, reports CBS2’s Tara Jakeway.

Police say they broke into a home in Locust Valley and stole thousands in cash and jewelry, and in Sands Point they stole a safe full of valuables from a home – 15 robberies in all.

The men, ranging in age from 20- to 26-years-old, are all from Chilè and all part of an organized crime unit now known as the South American Theft Group.

“Residential burglaries in Nassau County are up 75% since Jan. 1,” said Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “That’s the largest jump in any crime category in years.”

Ryder says this crew accounts for at least half of that increase. Ryder says two other factions of the Theft Group were arrested in January and late 2019, but they’re already back on the streets.

“They come in here on a 90-day visa, almost all of them over-stay the visa unless they get arrested,” he said.

Due to the new bail reform laws, they are released.

“I think it’s disgusting, it’s horrible, the whole bail reform is ridiculous,” said Tali Waxman, a North Shore resident.

The incidents are leaving life-long North Shore residents living in fear.

“I don’t feel safe like I used to as a child with what’s going on,” said Wendy Karyo, also of the North Shore.

Late Friday afternoon, a judge decided these five group members would be remanded into custody, but Ryder expects other members will hit homes again soon.

“They’ve been here, they will continue to come and cycle through this crew out of Chile,” said Ryder.

County officials recommending that residents invest in video surveillance or video doorbells, and when going out of town, leave lights on a timer and tell a neighbor to keep an eye on the property.

The five theft group members arrested this week will be back in court on March 10.

Comments (8)
  1. darla says:

    That is what you get when you have 1 party rule your state…. NY will be taken over by gangs and foreign crime organizations….. Ship them back….
    NY is a melting pot for all new comers.. We need to send The BAD ones BACK….

  2. scribeofsolomon0522 says:

    People need to understand that “bail reform” is working precisely as intended: to create the chaos needed to pave the way for totalitarian takeover. The left knows the public will be more willing to give up their freedom and liberties (chief among them the 2nd Amendment) in exchange for safety and security from the turmoil the left has caused.

    Criminals are the left’s STORM TROOPERS

  3. Michael Argus says:

    “The five theft group members arrested this week will be back in court on March 10.”

    Yeah, right.

  4. TM1 says:

    Maybe if NY would allow people to defend themselves with firearms, the police would be there collecting dead criminals, saving tax dollars, eliminating the need to use tax money for a trial and housing these criminals. We have a 2nd amendment for a reason people, inalienable rights of self defense. Wake up, leftist will get you dead!!!!!!

    1. scribeofsolomon0522 says:

      That’s why the left came up with “bail reform.” They want more criminals on the street to create the chaos needed for totalitarian takeover. They know people will give up their liberties like the 2nd Amendment in exchange for safety from the turmoil THEY created

      Criminals are the left’s STORM TROOPERS

    2. scribeofsolomon0522 says:

      “They come in here on a 90-day visa, almost all of them over-stay the visa unless they get arrested”

      In otherwords, they’re here illegally (and protected by NY’s “sanctuary” policies)

  5. UrbanMole says:

    A large population of residents of the North Shore of Long Island like Ms Waxman, as affluent and educated as they are, by their misplaced morality and feelings have and will continue to vote for Albany legislators that espouse a destructive radical left progressive ideology that now hurts them. Radical leftism aka Progressive Democrats is a key driver behind the rise of the Cuomo Albany Bail Bond Reform Law that let these criminals back onto the streets unpunished to attack again. And then they are so absolutely shocked that this has happened to them when they really supported this all along. Your wealth and social status doesn’t protect you from the criminals of society. But be assured Waxman and her neighbors will continue to vote Democrat in the next election.

    1. scribeofsolomon0522 says:

      You do understand this is all by design, right?
      More crime > more chaos > more gun laws > repeal of the 2nd > totalitarian takeover
      Criminals are the left’s STORM TROOPERS

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