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South American burglary rings in US plant hidden cameras in neighborhoods to spy on future victims

South American robbers who entered the United States on tourist visas Install a hidden camera The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently issued a warning that there was an intruder in the neighborhood, spying on future victims and timing their break-ins.

Police said a local resident found the camera and battery pack in a flower bed, and images released by Lost Hills Police Department showed the camera wrapped in leaves and hidden.

“An elegant way to keep track of a home’s status and know when a homeowner is about to move out.”

“[South American theft groups]”The group, often comprised of Chileans and Colombians, is a highly organized criminal organization that travels from state to state committing robberies and thefts,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “Members are often in the United States on limited tourist visas.”

The perpetrators use “natural environments such as leaves and bushes” to hide cameras that record the homeowners’ movements and patterns, they noted.

“The group is using remote access technology to monitor live footage from hidden cameras, enabling real-time surveillance and reconnaissance,” authorities warned.

Before installing the surveillance equipment, the group will conduct “thorough reconnaissance to identify the best locations to install hidden cameras, focusing on areas with little visibility.”

The sheriff’s office urged California residents to be vigilant and to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Last week, Glendale police arrested four Colombian nationals for their alleged involvement in a “robbery tourism” ring. KABC Television The pair were arrested for a traffic violation, and inside the vehicle, authorities found “a video surveillance device with a battery pack charging system camouflaged with leaves,” according to the report.

“This evidence, combined with fresh soil discovered in a flower pot in the cul-de-sac, led Glendale detectives to believe the suspect had strategically placed the camera in the flower pot, creating an ingenious way for the suspect to gain visibility into the residence and know when the homeowner was leaving,” authorities reported. “While fleeing from officers, the suspect began discarding evidence from his vehicle.”

Officers also confiscated a construction helmet and vest, a WiFi signal jammer, and several jewelry boxes.

“Signal blocking devices allow individuals to illegally enter homes undetected. The technology jams home WiFi systems and blocks signals to traditional home security systems and cameras, disabling their ability to alert homeowners and police to the presence of intruders,” police explained.

Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said: Los Angeles Times In March, while organized thefts are nothing new to the region, Increasingly prevalent.

“We’ve seen a surge in crimes involving these groups,” Hamilton told the outlet, “and they often target homes that are adjacent to vacant lots, hiking trails or areas with good access to ravines.”

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