Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Geinier Acevebo-Jimenez from the one previously provided by law enforcement.
TICKFAW, La. (BRPROUD) — Deputies arrested more suspects in a New Orleans Mardi Gras pickpocketing investigation, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office said seven more suspects were arrested and another 122 cell phones were recovered on Monday.
Chief James Travis said he received information Saturday morning about a cell phone that went missing Friday evening during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. The ping was in close proximity to Travis’ home at a short-term property rental in Tickfaw where investigators found 40 iPhones, faraday bags, cardboard boxes, and packing tape.
Detectives believe four of the suspects flew from Florida to New Orleans to pickpocket as part of a Colombian theft ring, according to TPSO.
Four suspects initially arrested were identified as Bridgette Solorzano Rodriguez, 32, Yudi Solorzano Sanchez, 36, Jean-Paul Sabogal Angortia, 24, and Geinier Acevebo-Jimenez, 24. All were charged with possession of stolen property.
The seven other suspects include Kely Forero-Mendoza, 30, Paula Canaria-Villamil, 24, Paola Consuegra-Gavlis, 33, Jhon Flores-Munoz, 30, Yuli Gutierrez, 26, Ronald Carvajal, 31, Jorge Jimenez, 47.
Tangipahaoa Parish Sheriff’s Office urges members of the public who have had their cell phones stolen to refrain from contacting the station directly but to visit their website and leave contact information, or visit nola.gov to file an online report of a missing phone.
Currently, all 11 suspects are being held in Tangipahoa Parish jail.