Sheriff's Office News Releases

Organized Theft Operation

PUBLISHED:Wed July 29, 2015

Osceola County, Florida – Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives need the public’s help in identifying 4 suspects involved in an organized theft operation. Three suspects are currently in custody. The investigation began in September of last year when deputies with the Community Response Team West identified an organized theft group operating primarily out of New York, Miami and the Central Florida area. The group has strong connections to Columbia which uses two to six suspects to break into vehicles or conduct retail thefts. The suspects use distraction techniques to commit hundreds of crimes in Central Florida.

Detectives identified Jeffery Alvarez (DOB 7/9/91), Christian Arroyos (DOB 7/15/88), Juan Arroyos (DOB 7/1/93), Eliecer Ivan Matta-Medina (DOB 4/20/93), Gustavo Lopez-Gomez (DOB 3/27/74), Jaime Patino-Orozco (DOB 5/25/94) and Karen Henao (DOB 2/14/89) as suspects. On July 16, deputies conducted a search warrant at 3263 Brewster Drive in Kissimmee after obtaining information the residence was the base for the operation and the possibly home of some of the suspects. Detectives recovered numerous stolen items and are attempting to locate the victims.

Felony warrants were issued for each of the suspects for Racketeering, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Grand Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft. Lopez-Gomez, Jeffrey Alvarez and Jaime Patino-Orozco were located and arrested. In addition to the above named charges, Gomez was also charged with Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information, False Information to Pawn Broker and False Identification to Law Enforcement. Detectives need the public’s help in locating Christian Arroyos, Juan Arroyos, Eliecer Ivan Matta-Medina and Karen Henao. They may be in the New York area.

Detectives also want to identify any retail businesses who may be victims, but did not report the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 dollars.