New York.- Several people, including Dominicans Pablo Núñez, Brandon Williams, Juana Galarza, Luis Vargas, Carlos Valverde, Jean Herrera, and Christian Pérez, were arrested charged with forming part of a network that stole big engine motorcycles and shipped them to the Dominican Republic, the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday .
It said the ring operated in Manhattan, Queens, and The Bronx.
The indictments unsealed in the Bronx Supreme Court result from a two-year investigation called Operation Steal Horses, after police were tipped off on the robberies perpetrated by a group called Steal Crew. "The group was looking for high-end motorcycles, like Ducatis, whose handlebars were broken and then taken away on a van, dismantled them into parts and packed for shipping."
The 121-count indictment alleges that the "Steal Crew" used individuals who had various abilities to carry out the robberies.
All have been charged with possession of stolen property as well as conspiracy to steal and/or possess 32 stolen motorcycles and a Dodge Charger worth several hundred thousand dollars.
The police also used hidden cameras on the street, informants and undercover agents to infiltrate the ring to establish the organization's inner workings.
If convicted on some of the felony charges, the guilty fact as long as 20-year prison sentences.