Four suspected thieves from Miami — nicknamed “the Mardi Gras Bandits” — flew to New Orleans in an effort to pickpocket 40 iPhones and different numerous objects from parade attendees, in accordance with authorities.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 4 individuals, together with Bridgette Solorzano Rodriguee, 32; Yudi Solorzano Sanchez, 36; Jean Paul Sabogal Angorita, 26; and Rafael Adrien Souza, 24, in reference to the alleged crime.
“It is believed the topics flew to New Orleans from Miami to attend Mardi Gras, the place they devised the pick-pocket scheme,” the sheriff’s workplace wrote in a Facebook submit.
One sufferer was capable of hint his stolen iPhone to an Airbnb in Tickfaw, Louisiana — a small city about an hour northwest of New Orleans.
Deputies responded to the residence and, after interviewing the suspects, obtained a search warrant and positioned the 40 stolen iPhones of their possession, “together with numerous credit score and debit playing cards, identification playing cards, and different objects.”
Authorities are asking anybody who was a sufferer of a pick-pocket over the weekend within the St. Charles Avenue space of New Orleans to file a report with the New Orleans Police Department.
The sheriff’s workplace posted a listing of redacted numbers to its Facebook web page in order that victims can come ahead to gather their stolen telephones.
“Those attending Mardi Gras and similar events corresponding to festivals and festivals, are at all times inspired to stay conscious of their environment. A suggestion for stopping a pick-pocket is to at all times preserve wallets and telephones in a entrance pants pocket relatively than a again pocket whereas in a big crowd,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Authorities charged all 4 suspects with possession of stolen property. The suspects are being held on the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
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