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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 2, 2014

Colombian Man Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Burglary Spree

Stole Over $370,000 Worth of Property in at least 12 Burglaries in Virginia and Maryland

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Roger Mina-Cuero, 29, a Colombian national, was sentenced today to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for interstate transportation of Stolen Property and Illegal Reentry to the United States by a removed alien.  Mina-Cuero’s sentence also included restitution in the amount of $371,760 and forfeiture in the amount of $311,340.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris.

Mina-Cuero pleaded guilty on June 23, 2014.  According to court documents, Mina-Cuero was part of aColumbian burglary crew based in Houston, Texas, that traveled as far as Virginia and Maryland to conduct at least 12 residential burglaries in which they stole jewelry, cash and electronic items.  The co-conspirators cased neighborhoods to identify residences where no one was home, then broke windows in the rear of the houses to gain entry.  Mina-Cuero and his co-conspirators brought stolen jewelry and cash from the burglaries back to Houston for sale and forwarded some of the proceeds of the burglaries to Columbia.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate in cooperation with police departments in Montgomery County and Howard County, Maryland; and Loudon County, Virginia. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Riley Pedersen and Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Van Horne prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-131.

Updated March 26, 2015