4 more New Yorkers arrested in Fairfax, Loudoun gold thefts
Friday, January 22, 2010; 4:48 PM
Four more New Yorkers have been arrested in connection with a burglary ring that targeted homes in Fairfax and Loudoun counties and stole only gold, in addition to three who were arrested in Centreville in November, police said Friday.
On Wednesday, at a preliminary hearing for the first three defendants, Fairfax General District Court Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty dismissed 10 counts of burglary and grand larceny against Dagoberto Soto-Ramirez, his wife, Melinda M. Soto, and Francisco Gray. Fairfax prosecutors withdrew an 11th charge against all three, and a 12th charge of burglary is pending. Fairfax Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ian M. Rodway said O'Flaherty had excluded some of the commonwealth's evidence, and that prosecutors were considering seeking indictments of the dismissed charges. Soto-Ramirez and Gray also face six counts of burglary and grand larceny in Loudoun, and all three remain jailed.
Fairfax police said they also obtained warrants for conspiracy to commit grand larceny against Jonathan A. Brunett, 25; Nubiela Gaviria, 50; and Consuelo M. Rojas, 59, all of Queens, N.Y., and Karen Echevarria, 28, from the Bronx. All four are in custody in New York, Fairfax Officer Tawny Wright said. Rodway said they are alleged to be involved in "the overall planning" of the burglaries, in which electronics and other valuables often were left behind while items containing gold were swiped from South Asian homeowners.