Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested four suspects accused of dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to commit dealing in stolen property. Investigators believe they routinely and knowingly purchased and resold stolen semi-tractor engines.
Osmany Amarales Ramos, 44, Joseph Stephen D'Aleo Jr., 51, Jose Leonardo Munoz, 48, and Angel Para, 38, all of Miami, were arrested Thursday.
FDLE said the suspects used their businesses as part of the criminal enterprise buying and selling approximately $2 million worth of stolen engines between April 2014 and November 2015.
Investigators believe Ramos sold the stolen engines to Hondcub Enterprises, a business owned by Munoz and Parra. The engines were resold to Modified Engine Rebuilders, a business owned by D'Aleo Jr., who then sold the stolen engines to out-of-state businesses.
Queries were never done on engine serial numbers to determine the source of the engines, even after a customer complained that an engine he purchased was stolen, according to FDLE.
Ramos, Munoz and Para were booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and D'Aleo was booked into the Broward County Jail.
Coral Springs, Medley and Hialeah Gardens Police Departments assisted with the arrests. The case is being prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution.