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Police: Migrants Stole Phones From 62 Women In NYC Crime Spree

NYPD Lt. Nicholas Fiore said two suspects had already targeted the crew’s “mastermind,” Victor Parra. (New York City Police Department)

OAN’s Elizabeth Bolbelding
4:23 PM – Monday, February 5, 2024

Three immigrant men were arrested in the Bronx, New York, on suspicion of stealing cell phones and wallets from unsuspecting women across the city.

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On Monday, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) arrested three undocumented immigrants for a long-running crime of stealing wallets and cell phones from approximately 62 women across the city.

Police say the illegal migrants are Venezuelan, but there are no reports yet on when they first arrived in the city.

Additionally, authorities believe the suspects stole cell phones to access Apple Pay or Cash App money applications and make purchases using phones connected to credit cards and banks.

The migrants were arrested at what appeared to be a “safe house in a Bronx neighborhood” after executing a search warrant, the NYPD said.

The immigrants are now expected to be charged with several counts of robbery and grand larceny. Additional suspects involved in the operation are still being sought.

“Most immigrants come to New York in search of a better life. Sadly, some come to commit crimes,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry wrote to X. Our message is simple. Commit crimes in our city. Then we will find you and bring you to justice! ”

Mayor Eric Adams (D.N.Y.) attended a press conference with police and issued a statement regarding the situation, insisting that this case was “not about immigrants or asylum seekers.”

“This is not about immigrants or asylum seekers, this is about people who have broken the law. It doesn’t matter where they come from or where they come from,” Adams said.

Police officer Nicolas Fiore said the group’s “ringleader” Victor Parra was still being sought by police for allegedly finding immigrants to do “dirty work” for him. .

“He’s a big target. [He] It’s causing a lot of problems in New York City,” Fiore said.

The New York Police Department announced Monday that a ringleader running a crime spree out of a Bronx apartment complex has been linked to 62 cell phone thefts from women on the street and on the subway. Para, who is still wanted, was running a sophisticated criminal organization mainly using immigrants living in the city.

“They use social media platforms to organize and coordinate thefts. This is how they work. The crew leader, identified as Victor Parra, sent a message via WhatsApp saying he was looking for a mobile phone. ,” Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kenney announced.

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