RICO Charges: 9 county burglary ring busted

RICO Charges: 9 county burglary ring busted

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Seven members of a burglary ring that targeted affluent homes in nine Northern Ohio counties have been indicted on racketeering charges.

The 73-count indictment, unsealed Friday, charges that David A. Quinones, 31, of Stow, and Gregory Cochran, 39, of Kent, directed the ring. Other members included Antonio Caraballo, 31, of Cleveland; Abel Guzman, 35, of Cleveland; Robert Schepis, 33, of Medina; and Justin Taylor, 35, of Cleveland. The final indicted member of the criminal enterprise was Joseph Sabo, 74, of Cleveland, who acted as the group's fence, buying the items they stole and then reselling them from his booth at the Streetsboro Flea Market.

Quinones and Sabo were arraigned Tuesday, and others in the case are scheduled to be arraigned at various times through January 6. The case has been assigned to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven E. Gall.

The indictment charges that between November 1, 2012 and May 1, 2014, the ring was responsible for 39 burglaries in Cuyahoga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wood counties. Total value of the stolen goods: $221,051.

"These guys were organized, skilled and knew how to hit these places," said Assistant County Prosecutor James Gutierrez.

This is the first major case to be investigated by the Cuyahoga County Organized Crime Task Force, which was formed in 2013 to investigate and prosecute criminal enterprises.

The Office of the Ohio Attorney General provides funding to support the Cuyahoga County Organized Crime Task Force through the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

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