Authorities in the US have connected hundreds of burglaries across Southern California to a group of international thieves from Chile.
Police revealed that rich homes, businesses, and cars in LA and counties of Orange, Ventura, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Bernardino were targeted by this sophisticated ring of burglars who stole jewelry, ammunition and other valuables.
Following this report, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) quickly moved to reveal the severity of the crime. The agency said New York, Colorado, Texas, Arizona - to say a few - are also seeing a similar twist of criminal acts. This is a problem affecting many European countries, FBI said.
According to Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman, 'burglary tourism' is a fast-growing problem that is highly sophisticated. In South Carolina, it a hot zone she enthused.
Three Chilean men were collared last week by Simi Valley police, in conjunction with California Highway Patrol as well as deputies from Ventura County, for several vehicle burglaries. Police revealed that the accused, 29-year-old Jonathan Garay, 22-year-old Kevin Castillo, and 22-year-old Eduardo Queralto, are in the US on temporary visas.
The jamming device was used by the accused to stop car owners from locking their cars. The jamming device is used to interpose signals sent from key fobs.
Police are finding the real identities of the crooks very difficult to come by because of the use of Electronic System for Travel Authorization
(visa waiver) that gives nationals of 38 countries of the world the room to come to the US for 90 days for business, medicals, study or tourism purpose according to investigators.
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