Jeffrey Gundlach's $10 Mil Art Theft Case Sees Charges For Darren Agee Merager
Prosecutors have charged the man they say was the break-in artist behind that amazing, $10 million theft of Santa Monica investor Jeffrey Gundlach's A-list art collection.
It was Darren Agee Merager, 43, who dunnit, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said today.
But they claim he couldn't have done it alone:
Six defendants were charged in total, including, says a D.A.'s statement ...
Merager's 68-year-old mother, Brenda Joyce Merager, and two brothers, 29-year-old Wanis George Wahba and his 26-year-old brother, Ely George Wahba. The three allegedly tried to sell and conceal the stolen items. In addition, Wilmer Bolosan Cadiz, 40, is charged with conspiracy and receiving stolen items.
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Oh, and don't forget Jay Jeffrey Nieto, 45. Authorities say that he inspired Merager to go back to the Gundlach home a second time and take his Porsche Carrera 4S.
Prosecutors also say Nieto helped hide the loot (the case unraveled when, authorities said, some of the goods were found at a Pasadena car-stereo shop where Nieto worked).
Merager, authorities say, has a long rap sheet and could see 9 years behind bars if convicted.
The defendants face charges of "first-degree residential burglary, conspiracy and receiving stolen property," says the D.A.'s office.
Prosecutors said $10 million bail for each suspect would be recommended. Now that's a familiar number.
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