Thirteen in Pharmacy Burglary Ring Charged with Stealing Millions in Prescription-Controlled Substances

LawFuel.com – Charges are the result of a joint FBI and NYPD investigation of more than 125 burglaries and attempted burglaries of pharmacies in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn since 2010


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Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Raymond W. Kelly, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) announced today the unsealing of charges against 13 members of a burglary ring (the “Burglary Ring”) alleged to be responsible for more than 125 burglaries and attempted burglaries of pharmacies in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn since 2010.

BRYAN ALTAGARCIA, EDWIN ARAUJO, MARTIN AVALO, ALVARADO DOMINGUEZ, ALAN FELIZ, DAVID SANTIAGO, and CARLOS VALLEJO were arrested today in Manhattan and the Bronx, and are expected to be presented and arraigned in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger later this afternoon. MIGUEL ARAUJO was arrested today in Boston, and is expected to be presented and arraigned later this afternoon in federal district court in the District of Massachusetts.
GUILLLERMO ARAUJO, JOSE GONZALEZ, and ESFRAIN SILVA are already in custody in connection with pending cases. Two other defendants, CHRISTIAN LORA and ANDY MACCOW, remain at large.
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