Pair accused of targeting high-end buyers in thefts
NAPLES, Fla. – Two men were arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary of multiple vehicles.
Detectives have said Rodrigo Ome and Raul Pineros are suspects in a spate of car break-ins in Naples County and City in recent weeks.
Buyers who made high-end retail purchases and then left the purchases in their cars would have been targeted.
On Wednesday afternoon, detectives observed Ome and Pineros walking around the parking lot and looking through the windows of cars at Waterside stores.
According to the incident report, detectives watched Ome enter two unlocked luxury vehicles while Pineros sat outside one of the stores. The two men then got into a white Kia and left the area.
A detective located the victims and determined that no items were missing from either vehicle, while the other detectives continued their surveillance.
They followed the Kia about three miles on US 41 North to Whole Foods in Mercato. Detectives watched Ome and Pineros load two grocery carts, then leave the store without paying for any of the items, which totaled over $ 400.
The detectives took the couple into custody.
Ome is charged with two counts of vehicle burglary in connection with break-ins at Waterside stores and theft from retail businesses. He was also charged with driving without a valid license.
Pineros is charged with first degree theft.
A search of the Kia found window punches, rubber gloves and a police tape scanner.
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk says it remains an active investigation and more arrests may be on the way.