Four Florida men charged with larceny in Frederick County
By Alex Bridges - firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Frederick County authorities accuse four men from Florida of stealing a trailer carrying $63,000 worth of perfume.
Osvaldo Pedraza Rojas, 47, Jose Canaura-Ferriero, 43, Armando Canaura-Ferriero, 53, all of West Palm Beach; and Denis de Castro Perez-Lopez, 40, of Loxahatchee, are charged with one count each of grand larceny, according to information from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Emergency dispatchers received a report of an illegally parked tractor-trailer in the 1900 block of Martinsburg Pike at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 21, according to Frederick County Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman.
"The occupants were in the process of trying to paint [the trailer] to try and cover up the identification markings," Eckman said Tuesday.
Owners of a nearby business approached the suspects, and one fled on foot while the others left in a Jeep, Eckman said.
Deputy B.S. Guard arrived and a white Ford Focus, occupied by four Hispanic males, approached the scene but "made an abrupt change in their driving pattern" after they saw the officer, Eckman said.
Guard stopped the suspects on Martinsburg Pike near the northbound ramp to Interstate 81, according to the affidavit Guard filed Monday in the Circuit Court, two weeks after the arrests.
Authorities arrested the four suspects "for the larceny of over $60,000 of Elizabeth Arden perfume and the trailer in which it was loaded," the affidavit states.
Further investigation revealed the trailer was one of several reported stolen from Botetourt County, north of Roanoke, Eckman said.
The suspects had been staying at a Red Roof Inn in Frederick County, according to authorities.
Guard seized numerous cell phones, two-way radios and other items from the White Freightliner Road Tractor, which was registered in Florida, and the Ford Focus, according to the search warrant inventory for the impounded vehicles. The Ford and the Jeep came back as registered with the same rental company, Eckman said.
Authorities did not release information on the arrests until Tuesday because the Sheriff's Office wanted to allow time for agencies from other jurisdictions, as well the FBI, to conduct their investigations, Eckman explained.
Rojas has posted a $75,000 bond; and Armando Canaura-Ferriero $100,000, Eckman said. Perez-Lopez posted $50,000 bond on his charge of being a fugitive from justice out of Tennessee and $100,000 bond for his Frederick County charge.
Jose Canaura-Ferriero, identified as the owner of the tractor which had the trailer attached, posted a $25,000 bond but remains incarcerated at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center on a detainer from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to Eckman. Preliminary hearings on each defendants' case are set for Jan. 25 in Frederick County General District Court.