LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)— Three men are arrested on various charges related to a theft ring.
Police arrested Rene Cobarrubia Costa, 27, Miguel Y. Castillo Fornaris, 22, and Carlos Turrelles Arias, 23 on Sunday afternoon after a long undercover investigation.
Police said they began an undercover investigation back in 2012 involving multiple suspects, of which the officers witnessed multiple auto thefts, business burglaries, large scale fuel theft from fuel stations and various other crimes. Police said the monetary loss was upwards of $150,000.
On Dec. 10, 2013, police said while under surveillance the suspects, along with another man, Carlos Borrero Zamora, were allegedly unlawfully breaking into ISA Recycling at 7100 Grade Lane. While inside the business, police said they allegedly stole about $16,000 in copper and other items by using forklifts to load materials into their vehicle.
Police said the defendants resold the materials the following day for profit.
According to police reports, the suspects were followed to Alcoa, Tenn. on Dec. 16, 2013. Authorities said they saw the men allegedly steal three vehicles from Doug Justice Auto Dealership, with two of them being transported back to Jefferson, Co., Kentucky.
On Dec. 17, 2013, police said at 11 p.m. said the men were observed cutting the locks to Grade A Recycling attempting to gain entry to the business. Police said after cutting the lock, an alarm was triggered and went off, and the suspects were seen fleeing in their 1997 white Ford Econoline E-150, which was stolen from Tennessee the previous night.
Three days later, on Dec. 20, police said that at 1:37 a.m. the officer who was following the suspects observed them unlawfully entering ISA Recycling on Grade Lane again. Police said the suspects fled after triggering an alarm and being unable to disarm it.
Police said on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2013, while officers were conducting surveillance of the suspects, they traveled to Bales Auto Mall, in Jeffersonville, Ind. where they allegedly stole a 2007 Honda S2000 from the dealership and brought it back to Jefferson Co. in Kentucky.
The vehicle sustained damage and had missing parts in excess of $1,000 when it was recovered during the execution of a series of search warrants in Jefferson Co.
On Jan. 15, 2014, the suspects were seen on video surveillance forcing entry into a vehicle and taking property that is valued at over $500 and caused damage to the vehicle in excess of $1,000 and were caught by police less than an hour later committing similar crimes.
Castillo Fornaris is charged with three counts of burglary third, engaging in organized crime, two counts receiving stolen property $10,000 or more and criminal mischief first. Cobarrubia Costa is charged with engaging in organized crime, burglary third and receiving stolen property $10,000 or more. Turrelles Arias is charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500 but less than $10,000 and criminal mischief first.