SAN MATEO COUNTY – Authorities on Friday announced the arrests of eight Bay Area residents suspected of working together to purchase and distributed millions of dollars in stolen property.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said it launched its investigation – dubbed “Operation Shattered Glass” – in the wake of multiple automobile, residential and commercial burglaries. The stolen property included electronics, cameras, laptops and retail merchandise.
On Thursday, the sheriff’s office, along with several other law enforcement agencies, served eight arrest warrants and multiple search warrants in San Mateo County and San Francisco.
Authorities recovered more than $2 million in stolen personal property during searches of seven residences and one storage unit, according to the sheriff’s office. They also seized more than $150,000 in cash, as well as three vehicles and a residence totaling more than $1.2 million.
Eight suspects were arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of criminal profiteering, money laundering, possession of stolen property, attempted possession of stolen property and tax fraud.
The suspects were identified as Juarez Nino Vicente-Silvestre, 30, of Daly City; Rudy Alexander Riverafolgar, 18, of Pacifica; Yamel Cristina Vallejo Lopez, 28, of Daly City; Armando Ortez, 40, of Daly City, Kevin Orlando Hernandez Sanchez, 26, of Daly City; Jose Maldonado Soto, 30, of Daly City; Zhipeng Chen, 36, of San Francisco; and Alex RiveraPeraza, 42 of Daly City.
“These investigations are an ongoing effort to work collaboratively with other agencies to take down organized groups of criminals who have plagued our communities with residential and commercial burglaries,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release Friday.
Authorities will work to return the stolen property to its rightful owners over the next two weeks, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the suspects, property or crimes to contact its Crime Suppression Unit at SMCOCSU@smcgov.org. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call 800-547-2700.