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3 charged in crime spree that stretched from Miami into Palm Beach County

Posted at 11:12 AM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 11:34:05-05

Palm Beach County deputies arrested three people accused of praying on unsuspecting bank customers across South Florida.

The suspect, Maria Valentina Castillo Sarmiento, Omar Pulido Sanchez and Uriel Pulido Sanchez, all face charges in what investigators call a coordinated effort which began in Miami.

Several law enforcement agencies alerted Palm Beach County deputies in the South Florida Task Force about these three suspects, according to their arrest reports.

PBSO said the suspects were traveling from Miami, through Broward and Palm Beach counties during the crime spree.

They were known to watch customers make large bank withdrawals, then follow them until they left their cars, then they'd break in and steal what they could.

Deputies watched it all unfold on Dec. 16.

The report says investigators watched the three suspects go to several banks along Okeechobee Boulevard, going in and out of the bank, watching customers take out large amounts of money.

Undercover officers set up an operation and caught these suspects breaking into the officer's car.

All three are in the Palm Beach County Jail and being held on a $30,000 bond and facing burglary and grand theft charges.