SAN JOSE – A San Jose man is accused of taking part in a global fencing operation that stole high-end efficiency bicycles from Bay Space houses and despatched them to Mexico for resale, authorities stated.
Victoriano Romero, 53, is charged with two counts of transportation of stolen items in international commerce and one rely of conspiracy to move stolen items in international commerce, in keeping with a federal grand jury indictment that was filed final month and unsealed Thursday.
If convicted of the fees, Romero faces as much as 10 years in jail for every rely of transportation of stolen items and as much as 5 years in jail for the conspiracy rely.
The 12-page indictment alleges that Romero bought a complete of 9 stolen bicycles, disassembled them at an automotive store he owns in San Jose, packaged them for supply, after which had them transported to an unindicted co-conspirator in Jalisco, Mexico.
The co-conspirator allegedly reassembled the bicycles and listed them on the market on Fb, in keeping with the indictment.
The indictment additionally alleges that Romero despatched images of the bicycles to the co-conspirator, who used them within the ads and despatched a share of the sale proceeds to him.
The bicycles have been allegedly taken from houses in San Francisco and Redwood Metropolis between April 2020 and April 2021, in keeping with the indictment. They ranged in worth from $3,000 to $9,000 and included a Bulls Grinder Evo, Cervelo C3 Carbon and Serotta Titanium.
Romero made his preliminary federal court docket look to face the fees Thursday morning. He was launched on bond and his subsequent court docket look was scheduled for April 10.