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Spate of home burglaries in California may be ‘linked to criminal tourists’ who target the rich 

An increase in home burglaries in CaliforniaThe rich communities can be linked to ‘criminal tourists’ from South America who enter the US to invade rich neighborhoods.

Hillsborough Police said they suspected sophisticated burglary crews, known as South American Theft Groups, of a brutal robbery that took place last Friday night in the affluent San Francisco Bay Area community, where homes averaged around $ 5.4 million, according to Zillow.

Security footage of the house captured the moment a thief walked into one of the houses and the camera turned on when he quickly returned.

The footage cuts to a scene later in the night as a black car rolls on the driveway and two thieves run out of the house with bags full of stolen goods.

One of the thieves seems to have trouble closing the door behind him, as a third thug comes to his aid.

The thieves load up the car and head back to the house to deal with more as they continue to steal the homeowner’s SUV and make their escape.

It is believed that the latest burglary was carried out by crime tourists, who have hit California, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and New York.

A home camera captured the moment a group of thieves, presumably criminal tourists from South America, robbed a house in San Francisco Bay

The thieves made with bags full of stolen property and an SUV from the Hillsborough home

The thieves made with bags full of stolen property and an SUV from the Hillsborough home

Cameras caught two suspects at the front door

The police are trying to identify the thieves

Cameras at the home made close-ups of two masked suspects at the front door

The robbery was the last to hit the affluent Hillsborough community, where homes average about $ 5.4 million, according to Zillow

The robbery was the last to hit the affluent Hillsborough community, where homes average about $ 5.4 million, according to Zillow

Police in California, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and New York have all reported robberies believed to be carried out by crime tourists

Police in California, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and New York have all reported robberies believed to be carried out by crime tourists

Police said the suspects were probably behind another robbery earlier this month where four thieves stole a safe from a house near the Hillsborough Country Club. They said the credit cards were safely used in Modesto and Los Angeles County.

Hillsborough resident Matt Gouley told KPIX 5 he said the raids had scared the neighborhood, with neighbors constantly worried that anyone they did not recognize could be a robber.

“Recently I was stopped by a woman who thought I was a burglar – thief – and asked me what I was doing here,” Gouley said, adding that suspicion only grows when someone drives a dark van.

Hillsborough Police said the stolen car was recovered and that the thieves getaway car was identified as a 2018 or newer Honda Civic.

She added that she worked with other agencies in Southern California to investigate the robbery and repression of South American Theft Groups.

Law enforcement experts say the foreign cells of professional burglars – mostly from Colombia and Chile – enter the country illegally or use a visa waiver program designed to encourage tourism from dozens of trusted countries.

After entering the country, they would carry out strings of burglary and other crimes, bringing home up to hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen goods, the FBI estimates.

Earlier this year, the FBI cracked down on one of the groups in Virginia that exploited the state’s low-income laws to steal more than $ 2 million in a series of burglaries targeting high-end Asian homes. and Middle Eastern families before crossing the castle and fleeing back home.

The network of thieves was also linked to a series of burglaries in homes across the Carolinas, Georgia and Texas, as well as a $ 1 million jewelry robbery in Southern California.

Detectives said Asian and Middle Eastern homeowners were targeted because the thieves believe people from those cultures keep many high value jewelry at home and have cash-oriented businesses.

Dan Heath, a special investigating agent in the FBI’s criminal investigation division, said ‘South American theft groups’ are a growing plague in the United States – and in countries including India, Britain and Australia, where they are often similar. use tactics.

In January, British authorities took down dozens of crime tourists from Chile who stole more than $ 200,000 in a spring of raids in the UK.

Police in Fischer, Indiana, also reported a series of burglaries at homes aimed at expensive jewelry, allegedly linked to criminal tourists.

“Many of these burglaries are specifically aimed at jewelry, so more high-end houses, their jewelry is stored in the open and they can be really high-quality items,” said Fischer officer Jessica Stout Fox 59.

Police in Nassau County, New York arrested their own gang of criminal tourists earlier this month after police caught six men, all from Chile, breaking into a wealthy home, and stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and money.

The FBI kills' criminal tourists' from South America who exploited Virginia's low bail laws to steal more than $ 2 million in a series of burglaries targeting high-end Asian and Middle Eastern families' homes before taking bail skip and flee home than to direct homes in other states. Pictured is one of the affluent Virginia neighborhoods, near DC, that was targeted by the thieves

The FBI kills’ criminal tourists’ from South America who exploited Virginia’s low bail laws to steal more than $ 2 million in a series of burglaries targeting high-end Asian and Middle Eastern families’ homes before taking bail skip and flee home than to direct homes in other states. Pictured is one of the affluent Virginia neighborhoods, near DC, that was targeted by the thieves

Attempted criminals are encouraged by their discovery of a ‘sweet spot’ in the American criminal system because their crimes do not meet the requirements of federal investigation, and are often overlooked because the country is targeting a terrible rise of murders.

What’s more, no money or low bail law leaves the repeat offenders endless opportunities to continue to the brutal heists, even after they have been caught.

Like Virginia, California is one such state that criminals benefit from because of its controversial 2014 law – Proposition 47 – which prohibits prosecutors from prosecuting suspected shoplifters accused of stealing less than $ 950 in merchandise with crimes.

Many argue that the law is what has led to an increase in burglaries and crimes throughout the state, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Larceny has seen a dramatic rise in San Francisco, with police reporting 5,770 cases so far this year, a 27 percent increase since the same period last year.

Attacks have also increased by 6.6 percent, with 434 cases reported so far compared to 407 last year, and rape has also increased by 11.4 percent, with 39 cases reported.

Although murders remain the same in eight cases reported so far this year and robberies showing a 10.6 percent, the total violent crime rate has gone up by 6.3 percent.

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