Four men were arrested July 23 after Middletown Police investigated multiple thefts from vehicles in the Dove Run neighborhood.


    Four men were arrested July 23 after Middletown Police investigated multiple thefts from vehicles in the Dove Run neighborhood.

    Police said there were 15 victims, and assorted property with a total value of $1,517 was recovered. Stolen property included portable electronics with GPS units, cell phones, mp3 players and laptop computers.

   Arrested were brothers Hector, 19, and Simon Cabrera, 18, both of the 100 block of Emerald Ridge Drive in Bear. New Castle residents Robert Ndirangu, 21, and Socrates Acosta, 18, both of the 100 block of Freedom Trail, were also arrested.

   Charges for all four included with 44 counts of theft less than $1,500, four counts of theft less than $1,500 with a victim older than 62, eight counts of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and two counts of stolen property. Ndirangu and Acosta were also charged with two counts of possession of marijuana.

   Police said they responded to the Dove Run neighborhood at 3:40 a.m. in regards to a report of two subjects observed looking into vehicles. A resident reported two males were trying the doors to vehicles. When he confronted the two suspects, they fled on foot.

   MPD officers arrived and said they observed a vehicle occupied by Acosta and Ndirangu leaving the area. The vehicle was stopped on Brick Mill Road, and officers said they located a small amount of marijuana inside the passenger compartment. The two suspects were taken into custody and transported to MPD headquarters.

   At approximately 5 a.m., the MPD received the first of multiple calls in regard to the theft of items from unsecured vehicles in Dove run. In all cases, the vehicles had been left unsecured, and no forcible entry was required to retrieve the items. The MPD said officers conducted extensive latent collection and scene work.

   As a result of the investigation, police said two additional suspects were identified in the series of thefts. A search warrant was obtained for a residence in the Emerald Ridge development in New Castle.

   Police executed the warrant at 8:30 a.m. July 23, and said proceeds from several of the thefts were recovered. Also, property stolen from a vehicle from within the New Castle County Police jurisdiction was also recovered, police said. The two additional suspects were found at the residence during execution of the warrant and taken into custody without incident.

   Simon and Hector Cabrera were both committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in default of $9,000 secured bond. Ndirangu and Acosta were released on $15,000 and $30,000 secured bond, respectively.