Members of Colombian Theft Ring arrested, over 160 stolen phones recovered

Authorities with federal agencies have indicated all persons arrested and identified them as members or associates
of a large Colombian theft ring that’s operating in the United States.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office nabbed 11 people and recovered over 160 stolen cell phones thanks to the “find my phone” technology on a cell phone.

On Feb. 19, 2023, TPSO announced that four people had been arrested in a phone pickpocketing scheme during Mardi Gras. In total, 40 cell phones were recovered in a short-term rental complex in Tickfaw.

The “find my phone” technology is what led deputies to the location and eventually to secure a warrant to search the complex that led to the arrests.

  • 24-year-old Geinier Acevebo-Jimenez
  • 26-year-old Jean Paul Sabogal-Angortia
  • 31-year-old Bridgette Solorzano-Rodriguez
  • 36-year-old Yudi Tatiana Solorzano Sanchez

Then on Feb. 20, 2023, deputies learned the four were not acting alone. It’s why officials obtained another search warrant, this time for a second apartment in the Tickfaw rental complex.

That’s where deputies found another 122 stolen cell phones and arrested seven more people.

  • 30-year-old Kely Yojana Forero-Mendoza
  • 24-year-old Paula Daniela Canaria-Villamil
  • 33-year-old Paola Fernanda Consuegra-Gavlis
  • 30-year-old Jhon Alexander Flores-Munoz
  • 26-year-old Yuli Oney Gutierrez
  • 31-year-old Ronald Steven Carvajal
  • 47-year-old Jorge Jimenez

Authorities with federal agencies have indicated all persons arrested and identified them as members or associates
of a large Colombian theft ring that’s operating in the United States. Additionally, one male subject is currently
being sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

To report a stolen cell phone, please click here. The information collected is directly routed to the TPSO Cyber Crimes Unit.

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