Police: Racketeering case grows against duo

March 6, 2014 • Local News

The racketeering case against a pair arrested by Roswell Police on Feb. 6 continues to grow, according to a police department news release.

Calvin Reese, 23, and Myranda Salayandia, 19, were arrested on Feb. 6, after a Roswell police officer initiated a traffic stop.

Reese was arrested on charges of racketeering. Salayandia was arrested on charges of racketeering, identity theft, forgery, and fraud. Although the duo remains incarcerated, additional charges are piling up.

Reese and Salayandia are presumed to have engaged in a pattern of racketeering, including [auth] numerous burglaries, larcenies, fraud, fraudulent documents, forgeries, and identity theft, beginning Jan. 3 and ending with their arrests on Feb. 6.

Although community members from various areas of the city were affected, many of the pair’s crimes occurred in church and bar parking lots, according to police. Many purses and wallets were stolen from vehicles that were left unsecured.

If the vehicle was secured, a window was broken in order for access to be gained. Through the course of the investigation, 41 individual victims have been identified including six banks, and five businesses.

After their arrests, officers took both Reese and Salayandia to the Chaves County Detention Center, where they remain incarcerated.

Additional charges for Reese and Salayandia will include 43 counts of forgery, 30 counts of fraud, 19 counts of remote financial service unit act, six counts of larceny, and 24 counts of receiving stolen property.

Salayandia has additional charges for four counts of identity theft, according to police.

The lead detective in the racketeering case has been attempting to make contact with parents of a child whose social security card and insurance card were found among the stolen items. Thus far, the search has been unsuccessful.

The social security card is dated in 2012. If your child’s social security card was stolen between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6, please contact the Roswell Police Department, 624-6770.

The Roswell Police Department wants to remind all community members to be proactive and ensure their belongings, especially personal information, are secured and out of sight.

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