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Four men arrested on robbery, possession of stolen property charges in connection with jewelry theft investigation

4/11/2008
 
Four men allegedly connected to a Broward County jewelry heist have been arrested by members of the South American Theft Group (SATG) Task Force.

The four men, several of whom are believed to be Colombian nationals, were arrested in two separate felony traffic stops that took place in Miami Beach on April 9, Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agents said. All four men were charged with armed robbery and possession of stolen property. The charges stem from a jewelry heist in Miramar in March 2008 in which a jewelry trader was robbed.

During the traffic stops, which involved Miami Beach police, Coral Gables police and FDLE special agents, task force members recovered more than 575 pieces of jewelry valued at more than $1.2 million. The jewelry, which had been taken in the Miramar robbery, was found concealed in a backpack inside of one of the rental cars. The recovered jewelry included diamond rings, wedding bands and diamond necklaces. Authorities also seized approximately $14,000 from the men.

Task force members said two of the men had been under surveillance for several days. Investigators also are working to determine whether the men could have information on previous jewelry thefts in South Florida and whether they allegedly are connected to a larger organized crime group.

The men arrested during the traffic stop at 3200 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach are:

Edison Mejia, also known as Juan Gonzalez, 27, of Colombia
Angel Luis Delgado, also known as Angel Delgado, 27, of Colombia

The two men arrested during the traffic stop at 6500 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach are:

Danny Alvarado, 26, of Colombia
Gabriel Mayorquin, also known as Jose Hernandez, age and residence undetermined

After their arrests, the four men were transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Detention Center in Miami-Dade County. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators also have lodged detainers on the appropriate individuals who may be amenable for removal.

The SATG Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Coral Gables Police Department, the FBI, Miami-Dade police and FDLE. The investigation is continuing.

For more information, contact:

Special Agent Judy Orihuela
FBI Public Information Officer
(305) 787-6409

Paige Patterson-Hughes
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Miami
(954) 958-5400