Posted At: 11/09/2001 02:15 PM
- BSO Case Number: BS00-8-6655
- PIO Number: 01-11-14
- Date: (of arrest) November 8, 2001
- Place of Occurrence: 16521 NW 5 Street, Pembroke Pines & 6505 SW 132 Court, Miami
- State of Florida
- Victor Hugo Gorin, 48, 1/31/53, male, 16521 NW 5 Street, Pembroke Pines
- Alfredo Vigiano, 41, 4/30/60, male, 6505 SW 132 Court, Miami
- Amed Barbaro Rey, 27, 7/24/74, male, 880 SW 129 Place #106, Miami
Description of Incident:
Investigators from the Broward Sheriff's Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the FBI Cargo Task force have arrested three men after uncovering hundreds of stolen computer monitors and more than $500,000 worth of athletic shoes.
“Operation TTExpress” (named after the brand name of computer monitor) started to unravel when a buyer of one the TTX computer monitors attempted to get information about the product’s warranty. The computer company contacted police after the serial number came back stolen.
In August 2000, investigators began recovering stolen TTX computer monitors at different locations in Broward County. While investigating and recovering the stolen TTX 17-inch monitors, detectives learned one of the buyers had purchased close to 1600 pairs of stolen name brand athletic shoes. The computer monitors were stolen from Orange County just outside Orlando on June 13, 2000, and the athletic shoes were stolen from Medley, Florida on June 3, 2000.
The paper trail of buyers and sellers on the black market eventually lead investigators to Victor Gorin and Alfredo Vigiano. BSO Strategic Investigations Division and the Miami-Dade Task Force worked with the Florida Statewide Prosecutors Office to obtain arrest warrants for Gorin and Vigiano.
BSO detectives arrested Gorin at his Pembroke Pines home on November 8th, while Miami-Dade investigators arrested Vigiano at his home in Miami. Both men face two counts each of grand theft, two counts of dealing in stolen property, and two counts of money laundering. Amed Barbaro Rey was also arrested and charged with grand theft for his involvement after his fingerprints were found in an empty trailer that contained the stolen athletic shoes. Rey was taken into custody by BSO and Miami-Dade detectives in Miami on November 6th.
- INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. L. McElhaney, SID
- THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO
- Gorin's photo - Victor Hugo Gorin
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