Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies announced arrests today in connection with an investigation regarding several burglaries at new home construction sites in the Tampa area. Arrested and charged with nine counts of burglary of a residence, nine counts of grand theft, and three counts of criminal mischief was Luis Alberto Richkarday-Nunez-Nunez, 30 years old, a native of Mexico. Sheriff’s officials identified Richkarday-Nunez as the owner of Quality Trim of Tampa, a company contracted by KB Homes to assist in the construction of new homes in Hillsborough County. Richkarday-Nunez, who is residing in the U.S. in violation of U.S. immigration laws, apparently used his construction business credentials to access the properties to commit the burglaries. The press release issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office stated that Richkarday-Nunez and one of his co-workers worked late at various construction sites as a ruse to steal various items from the unfinished homes. These items included appliances, granite counter tops, flooring and molding. Richkarday-Nunez used some of the stolen items to remodel his own residence in Gibsonton, Florida. Booking records revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer against Richkarday-Nunez. As a matter of law, immigration authorities must verify a person’s unlawful immigration status prior to the placement of an immigration detainer. As such, ICE agents will arrest Richkarday-Nunez on the immigration charges upon his release from state custody and Richkarday-Nunez will face deportation to Mexico. Florida state public business records indicated that in July of 2012, Mr. Richkarday-Nunez started the business known as Quality Trim of Tampa. These records also specify that between 2005 and 2009 Richkarday-Nunez owned JLR of Jacksonville Incorporated, but records show that company dissolved. Hillsborough detectives stated further charges are pending.
February 7, 2014