ORLANDO, Fla. – Detectives say they believe two men may be responsible for more than 100 cases of theft in Central Florida involving vehicle wheels and rims.
According to an arrest warrant, investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office Tourism Policing Unit and Surveillance Unit conducted an undercover operation Tuesday night, where they said they followed a black Saturn Vue identified as a suspect's vehicle.
They said they watched the SUV enter several communities and apartment complexes, where they saw them remove several tires and rims.
They said one of the thefts they witnessed happened in Baldwin Park and another happened near Waterford Lakes.
In both cases, they said the thieves targeted Toyota Camrys.
Detectives said they arrested Christopher Garcia-Burgos, 25, and Frisco Manuel Muniz, 28. According to their arrest warrants, investigators believe they may have played a part in a string of crimes that cost vehicle owners more than $100,000, dating back at least a year and a half.
One of their victims could be Jason Rosenbaum. He showed News 6 his Toyota Corolla left on concrete blocks in September. Someone had stolen his tires overnight.
"My car's wheels and rims are just gone," he said.
Surveillance cameras captured a black Saturn Vue leaving the scene, similar to the one followed by detectives Tuesday night.
Investigators said the crimes targeted communities along Interstate 4 and the tollways in several Central Florida counties.
Both men are being held in the Orange County Jail with no bond.