A pair of undocumented immigrants from Chile are accused of going on a crime spree, burglarizing vehicles and using stolen credit cards.
Sheriff authorities say that on January 14, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives arrested Ricardo Araya Rojas (DOB: 10/12/1991) and Bastiane Paiva Arriola (DOB: 08/15/1994), undocumented immigrants from Chile, for three (3) counts of Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance, five (5) counts of Fraud-Illegal use of Credit Cards, five (5) counts of Grand Theft, 13 counts of Petit Theft, and nine (9) counts of Possession of Stolen Credit Cards.
On December 28, 2023, two Hispanic males entered the victim’s vehicle while it was parked at Coehadjoe Park on NE 35th Street, and they stole the victim’s credit cards. The two went to the Walmart on E. Silver Springs Boulevard and attempted to make a purchase. Property Crimes Detective Melvin Coates obtained security footage of the suspects, identified as Araya Rojas and Paiva Arriola. Then, on January 12, 2024, the pair forcibly entered a vehicle parked at Silver Springs State Park and stole credit cards from inside the vehicle. They used the credit cards to make several large purchases at Best Buy in Ocala.
On January 14, 2024, Araya Rojas and Paiva Arriola returned to Best Buy, where the manager recognized them. Officers with the Ocala Police Department responded to the call for service. They detained Araya Rojas and Paiva Arriola, who possessed credit cards that did not belong to them. OPD Officer Camacho contacted the individual to whom the credit cards belonged. She informed the officer that she was at Silver Springs State Park but would return to her car. She discovered that her vehicle had been forcibly entered and credit cards were stolen. MCSO Property Crimes detectives came to interview Araya Rojas and Paiva Arriola, who declined to speak with them.
Araya Rojas and Paiva Arriola were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where they are being held on a $52,500 bond.