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International Crime Ring Members arrested in Scottsdale after Burglary Spree

International Crime Ring Members arrested in Scottsdale after Burglary Spree

Scottsdale, AZ: Scottsdale authorities have apprehended three additional individuals in relation to burglaries suspected to be connected to a South American Theft Group.

Sunday night incident involving suspects in the north Scottsdale area was reported to the police. At approximately 8:40 p.m., authorities apprehended 32-year-old Grecia Romanduski Gaete Castillio when they observed her operating a vehicle leaving a residential area close to Pima and Yearling Roads.

Scottsdale Police Department officers and detectives utilized drones and helicopters to search the area and apprehended 23-year-old Sebastian Jesus Parragues Soto and a 17-year-old boy around 6:30 a.m. Monday. They were seen in a desert region close to Pima and Jomax roads. All the individuals in question, including those detained in Phoenix in February, hail from Chile.

“These individuals are experts,” stated Scottsdale Police Chief Jeff Walther. They are experts. These individuals are not local burglars who are targeting homes to support a potential addiction.

Walther stated that Castillo acknowledges that she and her companions are in the country to commit theft and that they are all in the country legally through the Visa Waiver Program, which permits foreign nationals to visit the U.S. for a specific duration.

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Chile stands out as the sole country in South America where a background check is not mandatory for obtaining a visa. Some lawmakers and local law enforcement believe it’s time for a change.

According to U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, when applying for a travel visa in other countries, a quick criminal background check is conducted. We have the technology, we have the foundation. We just need to finalize an agreement with the Chilean government to proceed.

Southern California is facing significant challenges due to the activities of the Chilean Crime Ring, leading to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer taking legal action against the federal government to address the situation.

According to the police, none of the suspects were carrying weapons when they were apprehended. The vehicle Castillo was driving contained some property items, while Parragues and the teenager did not have any items on them at the time of their arrest.

The individuals were initially placed in the Scottsdale police jail for conspiracy and burglary-related offenses. Castillo and Parragues were taken into custody and booked into the Maricopa County Jail, while the teenage boy was sent to the Maricopa County juvenile facility.

More than 130 dinner-time burglaries reported in the Valley since November, with crimes also occurring in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert.

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