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February 22, 2023

TPSO Reports 11 Arrested – Over 160 Cell Phones Recovered

In an update to our previous story, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported an update yesterday (February 21, 2023) that a total of eleven (11) arrests have been made in a pick-pocketing scheme during Mardi Gras. Over 160 cell phones have been recovered. 

On February 19, 2023, TPSO Chief Jimmy Travis reported the arrest of 24 year-old Geinier Acevebo-Jimenez, 26 year-old Jean Paul Sabogal-Angortia, 31 year-old Bridgette Solorzano-Rodriguez, and 36 year-old Yudi Tatiana Solorzano Sanchez on the charge of Possession of Stolen Property. Initially, Chief Travis was contacted on February 18, 2023 regarding a stolen cell phone that was traced to an AirB&B in the Tickfaw area. Chief Travis, along with patrol deputies and detectives responded to the residence and, after conducting initial interviews with the subjects, was able to secure a search warrant for the home. Forty (40) iPhones were recovered from a backpack along with various credit and debit cards, identification cards, and other items. 

As the investigation continued, detectives learned the subjects were not acting alone. On February 20, 2023, a search warrant was obtained and executed on a second apartment in the same Tickfaw rental complex. Seven (7) more subjects were arrested and one hundred and twenty-two (122) additional cell phones were recovered. Arrested were 30 year-old Kely Yojana Forero-Mendoza, 24 year-old Paula Daniela Canaria-Villamil, 33 year-old Paola Fernanda Consuegra-Gavlis, 30 year-old Jhon Alexander Flores-Munoz, 26 year-old Yuli Oney Gutierrez, 31 year-old Ronald Steven Carvajal, and 47 year-old Jorge Jimenez. 

Authorities with federal agencies have indicated all persons arrested are members or associates of a large Colombian theft ring that’s operating in the United States. Additionally, one male subject is currently being sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

Detectives are working to catalog a significant amount of evidence seized from the two operations.

To report a stolen cell phone, please visit and click on “Report Stolen Cell Phone” from the home page. The information collected is directly routed to the TPSO Cyber Crimes Unit.

***all subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law***

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