Burglar Joins “Victims” Behind Bars, After Caught Breaking into Home of Fraud, Drug Trafficking Suspects
SPRING HILL – Call it Karma or just an Ironic twist of fate, after a couple charged with operating an elaborate credit card scam become victims of a burglary, while incarcerated at the Hernando County Jail.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to 1117 Finland Ave early Thursday morning, after neighbors called to report a possible burglary in progress.
Witnesses say they observed a man placing household items in black plastic garbage bags that were sitting outside the front door. The witnesses, who officials say are cousins, went to check on the home and found the suspect inside the master bedroom. Officials say the witnesses detained the suspect and held him there until Deputies arrived on scene.
The suspect, later identified as 62-year-old Omar Perez Almeida of Orlando, Florida, claims he was “sent to this house to pick up some stuff” but wouldn’t answer any further questions.Almeida was booked into the Hernando County Jail on one count of burglary, where he joined his “victims,” 33-year old Jeansy Cueva-Padron and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Marileisys Rodriguez-Serra.
On October 16th Sheriff’s Office Detectives and agents with the U.S. Secret Service executed a search warrant at the victim’s residence. Inside they seized multiple counterfeit credit cards, card making equipment, gas pump skimmers and several other machines, and devices to manufacture fraud related equipment.
Investigators also discovered a grow house in operation and seized a dozen plants, and 80 lbs. of processed marijuana.
During their investigation, Detectives determined that the couple had scammed Bed Bath and Beyond of over $26,000.
Authorities say two Mercedes Benz were seized from the couple, subsequent to the investigation.
The couple remains behind bars on bonds totaling $96,000 each.
Almeida is held on a $10,000 bond.
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