|June 7, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today announced that a Miami man was convicted for his participation in a theft ring that was terrorizing jewelry stores along the East Coast of the United States. Yenier Cardentey was part of a theft ring that is responsible for breaking into jewelry stores and stealing gold and diamonds. The ring operated by cutting holes in the roofs of jewelry stores, dismantling the alarms, and entering the buildings. Using plasma torches or oxyacetylene tanks, they would cut into the safes and, ultimately, return to Miami to sell the stolen jewelry, which was valued at $6 million in total.
“These thieves ravaged jewelry stores all over the East Coast, and I am proud that my Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and partnering law enforcement agencies have dismantled their criminal enterprise,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“Cardentey’s organization victimized nearly two dozen family businesses and their consumers,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “I thank The Office of Statewide Prosecution and the FDLE Agents who worked so diligently on this case.”
Cardentey was found guilty on charges of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, burglary to a structure with excess of $1,000 damage, and grand theft over $100,000. He is facing up to 120 years in prison.
The remaining eight defendants are awaiting trial and are as follows:
· Abelardo Pena-Cardentey
· Jose Betancourt
· Juan Manresa-Leyva
· Yaubri Suarez
· Maykel Roque
· Juan Collado-Miranda
· Tony Sanchez
· Osvaldo Cruz
The following agencies participated in this investigation: Alachua Police Department, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Davie Police Department, Fairfax County (VA) Police Department, FBI Miami South American Theft Group Task Force, Fredericksburg (VA) Police Department, Greensboro (NC) Police Department, Knox County (TN) Sheriff’s Office, Lake Placid Police Department, Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Park Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Princeton (WV) Police Department, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, and West Haven (CT) Police Department , and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.