South Bay Computer Bust Nabs 5

Largest computer chip robbery in Bay Area history ends well for the good guys.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 7:12 PM PDT
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Five suspects apprehended after massive flash memory chip heist.

Five suspects apprehended after massive flash memory chip heist.

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A special enforcement team based in the South Bay released details of what they say is the largest computer chip robbery in Bay Area history.

Five men are in jail following a lengthy investigation into a robbery that happened at Unigen Inc. in Fremont in late February that cost the company $37 million in computer chips.

During the robbery, employees were herded into a back room by armed and masked gunman. The loaded up the chips into a truck and drove off.
 
Ever since, the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) under the direction of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, has worked the case. The team said they not only found the suspects, but they also recovered 98-percent of the stolen chips.

The suspects have been identified as:

  • Jesus Meraz Jr., 25, of San Jose
  • Dylan Catayas Lee, 32, of San Jose
  • Rolando McKay Secreto, 38, of San Jose
  • Leonard Abriam, 31, of San Jose
  • Pierre Ramos, 28, of Union City

All five face life in prison if convicted of all charges, which include arm robbery, kidnapping for robbery, and the excessive taking of property enhancement.

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