For Immediate Release - June 25, 2013

Sixteen Individuals Guilty in Connection with Widespread ATM, Electronics Theft Operation

Burglaries and Break-Ins Occurred Across Six Counties

BOSTON – Sixteen individuals have pleaded guilty over the last twenty-one months in connection with a widespread ATM and electronics theft operation that spanned across six counties, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. These defendants have received a range of sentences, from probation to 16 years in state prison.

“These 16 defendants have all pleaded guilty for their participation in an extensive criminal operation that spanned six counties and involved numerous break-ins, burglaries, and larcenies,” said AG Coakley. “These pleas are the result of our continued work with the Massachusetts State Police, an important collaboration that brings to justice those who steal from and threaten the safety of the Massachusetts public.” 

“We, along with our partners at the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and several local departments, first began investigating this complex criminal organization six years ago,” said Colonel Timothy P. Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “The convictions we have obtained were the result of countless hours of diligent, painstaking investigative work combined with a commitment to bring these people to justice. It is rewarding to us and, we hope, also to the banks and people who were victimized, to announce these convictions.”

In March 2011, these 16 individuals were charged for their involvement in an ongoing scheme to commit numerous burglaries and break-ins across the state, including the robbery of $340,000 in cash from several ATMs. The crimes were committed in Essex, Hampshire, Norfolk, Middlesex, Franklin and Worcester counties.

An investigation into a string of ATM break-ins by the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit began in April 2007 and merged with a similar investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Investigators discovered that a major figure in the operation, Miguel Caraballo, and associates Michael Vasquez, Wilson Martinez, and Feliciano Colon broke into an electronics store in upper New York and then, using two stolen delivery vans, transported the goods back to the Lawrence area where they intended to sell the items in Massachusetts.

Subsequently, the investigation revealed that Caraballo, with assistance from George Velasquez and Juan Rosa, burglarized banks and businesses in multiple cities and towns in Massachusetts. They often used their friends or girlfriends as lookouts during these burglaries.

The scheme for the break-ins typically involved Caraballo and his associates stealing a vehicle, forcing their way through the backdoor of the ATM kiosk, and then disabling their alarm systems.

They broke into ATM vaults several ways, including the use of a cutting torch and the attempted use of a circular power saw. Stolen vehicles were used to transport those committing the break-ins, the tools they used in the break-ins, and the money stolen from the ATMs. ATMs in Brookline, Acton, Bedford, and Tyngsboro were successfully broken into by members of this group, while failed attempts were made in Amherst, Gardner, Fitchburg, and Whately. Caraballo and his associates also broke into businesses in Dedham, Fitchburg, and Leominster.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General William R. Freeman and Gina Masotta of AG Coakley’s Criminal Bureau with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, the AG’s Computer Forensic Laboratory, Investigator Tracey Wetterlow, Victim Advocate Ashley Cinelli, the Essex District Attorney’s Office, the Haverhill Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center.

The charges and sentences for the individuals are as follows:

Miguel Caraballo, age 42, of Lawrence

On May 22, 2013, Caraballo pleaded guilty to indictments in Essex, Hampshire, Norfolk, Middlesex, Franklin and Worcester counties to the charges below and was sentenced to 16 years to 16 years-and-a-day in state prison, with 10 years of probation to serve upon completion of his sentence. He was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (11 counts)
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault (5 counts)
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (12 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (10 counts)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (10 counts)
  • Larceny over $250 (7 counts)
  • Attempted Larceny (5 counts)
  • Conspiracy (14 counts)

George Velasquez, age 36, of Lawrence

On May 17, 2012, Velasquez pleaded guilty to indictments in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester Superior Courts to the charges below and was sentenced to 7 to 8 years in state prison, with 10 years of probation to serve upon completion of his sentence. He was also ordered to pay $134,162 in restitution.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (6 counts)
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault (2 counts)
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (3 counts)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (5 counts)
  • Larceny over $250 (4 counts)
  • Conspiracy (6 counts)

Vilma Torres, age 38, of Lawrence

On September 30, 2012, Torres pleaded guilty to indictments in Worcester and Middlesex Superior Courts to the charges below and was sentenced to 2½ years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of 5 years. She was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (5 counts)
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault (3 counts)
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (4 counts)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (4 counts)
  • Larceny over $250 (4 counts)
  • Attempted Larceny
  • Conspiracy (5 counts)

Juan Rosa, Sr., age 45, of Lawrence, MA

On May 17, 2012, Rosa pleaded guilty to indictments in Middlesex and Norfolk Superior Courts to the charges below and was sentenced to 5 to 6 years in state prison, with 5 years of probation to serve upon completion of his sentence. He was also ordered to pay $48,017 in restitution.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (3 counts)
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault (2 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (2 counts)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (2 counts)
  • Larceny over $250 (2 counts)
  • Attempted Larceny (1 count)
  • Conspiracy (3 count)

Francisco Ortiz, age 39, of Dracut

On May 15, 2013, Ortiz pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 78 days in the House Correction, deemed served, with 3 years of probation to serve upon completion of his sentence. 

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (3 counts)
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (4 counts)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (3 counts)
  • Attempted Larceny (3 counts)
  • Conspiracy (4 counts)

Angel Rivera, age 35, of Methuen

On April 12, 2012, Rivera pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to one year in the House of Correction, with three years of probation concurrent with his sentence.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Larceny over $250
  • Conspiracy

Brett Ferraro, age 25, of Lawrence

On February 14, 2012, Ferraro pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 3 years to 3 years-and-a-day in state prison.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Conspiracy

James J. McNeil, age 45, of Haverhill

On April 9, 2012, McNeil pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to one year in the House of Correction, with 3 years of probation concurrent with his sentence.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Attempted Larceny
  • Conspiracy

Jose Torres, age 35, formerly of Lawrence, currently of Duncanville, TX

On October 25, 2011, Torres pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 2½ years in the House of Correction, with 9 months to serve and the balance suspended for a probationary period of 5 years. He was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Larceny over $250
  • Conspiracy

Michael Vasquez, age 31, of Lawrence 

On September 30, 2011, Vasquez pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 6 to 7 years in state prison.

  • Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy

Feliciano Colon, age 39, of Lawrence

On October 24, 2012, Colon pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 2 years to 2 years-and-a-day in state prison.

  • Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Larceny Over $250

Wilson Martinez, Jr., age 35, of Pepperell

On October 18, 2012, Martinez, Jr. pleaded guilty in Essex Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 2 years to 2 years-and-a-day in state prison.

  • Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Conspiracy

Wilson Martinez, Sr., age 44, of Lawrence

On March 20, 2012, Martinez, Sr. pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 1 year to 1 year-and-a-day in state prison.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Larceny over $250
  • Conspiracy

Kimberly Rosado, age 34, of Haverhill

On June 21, 2013, Rosado pleaded guilty in Hampshire, Worcester, and Norfolk Superior Courts to the charges below and was sentenced to 2½ years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of 5 years.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (3 counts)              
  • Larceny of a Motor Vehicle/Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (3 counts)                           
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (3 counts)                        
  • Larceny over $250                                                     
  • Attempted Larceny (2 counts)                                   
  • Conspiracy (3 counts)                                                

Luz Denise Lewis, age 29, of Lowell

On May 20, 2013, Lewis pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 2½ years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of 5 years.

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time (2 counts)  
  • Breaking and Entering into a Vault                           
  • Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts)               
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools (2 counts)               
  • Malicious Destruction of Property (2 counts)            
  • Attempted Larceny (2 counts)                       
  • Conspiracy (2 counts)                                    

Yessenia Silva, age 31, of Lawrence 

On February 3, 2012, Silva pleaded guilty in Worcester Superior Court to the charges below and was sentenced to 2½ years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of 3 years. 

  • Breaking and Entering in the Night time
  • Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of Burglarious Tools
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Attempted Larceny
  • Conspiracy

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