Bolton Investigations Affirms Chilean Burglary Ring Responsible for Rash of South Florida Burglaries Caught in New York State One Million dollars in property recovered Ringleader Narrowly Escapes Capture
According to the Nassau County Police Department spokesperson, the suspects – Boneek Alexander Quintero-Baeza, 32; Levy Frank Maury Bruggman, 23; and Alexandra Ivonne Pizarro-Blanche, 23 – allegedly broke into homes, broke open or took the safes, and stole jewelry and cash. In December 2019, the department arrested Bryan Alexis Farias Luna, 28, and Isaias Antonio Lienlaf Donoso, 35, also from, Chile in connection to the crimes.
Bolton believes the cross-country ring is linked to a recent outbreak of burglaries in wealthy South Florida communities. He investigated a burglary on Emathla St in Coconut Grove.
“I immediately upon viewing the surveillance video of the burglary advised my client that I thought this was a Chilean burglary ring and that I had been following this trend since 2018,” said Bolton. “I was able to identify one of the burglars and, after some time, I discovered this ring was operating out of New York. I contacted the Nassau County police and shared the information I obtained. Even though the police arrested multiple members of this group and recovered one million dollars in jewelry, the focus of my investigations escaped and is now a fugitive.”
Bolton said the group has reportedly staged well-orchestrated high-end burglaries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and California and were experts at removing safes from the homes.
“They use sophisticated tactics such as changing mobile phones weekly, using false license plates, renting luxury vehicles to blend into these neighborhoods, conducting surveillance of their targets, using a minimum of one counter surveillance vehicle and usually two for burglaries,” he said. “They struck on holiday weekends between the hours of 5:00 and 10:00 pm. The location was usually adjacent to vacant lots, vacant homes, or construction sites. They used a three-man team using safe cracking and other tools to conduct the burglaries.”
Bolton added that the burglars covered their crimes by using fake documents such as passports, Mexican and Argentine drivers’ licenses, operated for a very short time, then moved to another state making it very difficult for law enforcement to identify and or track them.
“Hundreds of Chilean burglars have been arrested in the USA in the past few years,” said Bolton. “These burglars never use violence or weapons in order to almost guarantee bond and an easy release from jail. Chile is the only country in South America where you don’t need a visa to enter the USA so limited screening of these individuals is done prior to entry.”
About David Bolton:
David Bolton has more than 30 years of experience and has worked with state and local authorities, federal agents, and military officers in more than twenty countries. He has handled many types of complex investigations domestically and in Central and South America relating to accidents, missing persons, fraud, large thefts, robberies, and organized crime networks among them.
Highly sought by journalists for his expert commentary on criminal investigations and complex crimes, Bolton has appeared in nearly every major news publication worldwide and on major and local television news networks in the U.S. He was featured expert on the CNBC television show “American Greed” in the program titled “Black Market Dirty Gold” (Season 13, Episode 5). A chapter dedicated to his investigation into the unsolved murder of Coral Gables police officer Walter Stathers was highlighted in the book, The Miami Police Worksheet by Phil Doherty. Bolton is currently working on a variety of projects relating to Miami’s gold trade.