Two women have been arrested after Palm Beach County deputies charged them in a string of burglaries across four counties.
Palm Beach deputies arrested the two women, both 21, for allegedly burglarizing different business and stealing cars.
According to the affidavit, the string of burglaries began in July 2016 and included crimes in Brevard, Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Broward counties. Some of the targets included restaurants, computer stores and jewelry stores.
Deputies say that the two women used a pickax to commit the burglaries.
Warrants for the two women were issued in September last year.
Deputies charged both women with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. Their arraignment is set for Thursday.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was enacted in 1970 to allow federal prosecutors to pursue and charge those involved in organized criminal activity. In Florida, racketeering is aggressively prosecuted and a conviction can lead to severe penalties, such as years behind bars, hefty fines and even asset forfeiture.
Racketeering charges are often brought after a long investigation, and a RICO defense is usually complex. Only an experienced, You need a trial lawyer who has the experience and skill needed to prevent a conviction. Our South Florida Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are well-versed in defending those facing racketeering charges. As former prosecutors, we know how the State will prepare and prosecute its case.