From the News: Chilean crooks using visa waiver program to enter US, rob homes

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".... all five of these individuals entered through the southwest border, they came up through California, they committed crimes in Beverly Hills in California and came out here to the New York area," Ryder told a news conference Friday, according to Long Island News 12.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visas allow travel to the U.S for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without having to obtain a U.S. visa.


They were identifed as William Jesus Medel-Perez, 23; Amaro Valentino Rosas Rosas, 23; Juan Antonio Hernadez Rosas, 25; Bayron Felipe Cruz Palta, 26; and Fabian Lopez Catalan, 20.

At their court arraignment Friday, a prosecutor said the suspects admitted to arresting officers that their handler recruited them to burglarize New York homes and that the risk of jail was low because of the state’s new bail reform law, Newsday reported.

The law does away with bail for non-violent crimes.

Despite the law, the five suspects were detained as flight risks, the paper reported.

Ryder said they were in possession of false identification documents from Argentina.

Nassau police said they have arrested three Chilean burglary teams since December.