(Newsroom America) -- Eight men have been arrested and charged by indictment with two separate conspiracies involving the April 2, 2016 theft of over 23,000 Apple iPhones valued at approximately $6.7 million from the Miami International Airport, LAN Storage facility.
Yoan Perez, 34, of Miami, Leonel Padron Bello, 35, of Miami, Emilio Herrera, 41, of Miami, Ricardo Gonzalez, 52, of Miami, Rasiel Perez, 45, of Miami, Eloy Garcia, 42, of Miami Springs, Misael Cabrera Ruiz, 37, of Miami, and Rodolfo Urra, 36, of Cutler Bay, were indicted on charges related to their involvement in a conspiracy to steal and unlawfully sell Apple iPhones.
According to court records, on April 2, 2016, Yoan Perez and Leonel Padron Bello, took part in a conspiracy and stole over 23,000 Apple iPhones from the LAN Cargo storage facility.
According to the indictment, an unknown co-conspirator drove a tractor and trailer to the LAN Cargo facility and purported to be a driver from a shipping company, used fictitious documents, and left the airport with the stolen iPhones.
The indictment further charges that on various dates from May 2016 through September 2016, Yoan Perez, Leonel Padron Bello, Emilio Herrera, Ricardo Gonzalez, Rasiel Perez, Eloy Garcia, Misael Cabrera Ruiz, and Rodolfo Urra conspired together and orchestrated a series of sales of the stolen Apple iPhone 5S and 6S devices.
The United States Attorney’s Office warns all consumers to be cautious when purchasing Apple iPhones from unauthorized individuals, as they may be selling stolen iPhones.