TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested four men in connection to a ring of commercial burglaries in the Tampa and Miami areas. According to the investigation, the defendants not only burglarized multiple businesses, but also stole vehicles to help carry out the crimes.
In one instance, the defendants allegedly smashed through a wall of a Tampa business warehouse and stole approximately $300,000 worth of surveillance equipment. According to the investigation, the defendants then loaded the equipment into two stolen vehicles and travelled from the crime scene to Miami. In a similar incident, the defendants allegedly burglarized a battery store in Doral by breaking through the business’s wall with a sledge hammer, stealing cases of Kodak Max batteries and loading the stolen property into a van parked outside.
The string of burglaries also targeted a salon and high-end beauty product wholesaler in Tampa, where the defendants stole more than $100,000 worth of products by breaking through a wall adjoining the warehouse section and a neighboring business.
The following four defendants are arrested and charged:
- · Eduardo Batista, Hialeah;
- Yosvany Batista, Miami;
- Alberto Napoles-Diaz, Miami; and
- Alberto Napoles-Hernandez, Miami;