The Abington Township Police Department announced the arrest of four individuals who are believed to be connected to twelve residential burglaries of high-end homes in the Meadowbrook area.
Some of the burglaries date back to 2021, police said in a statement, and were being committed by South American theft groups entering the United States, mostly from Chile and Colombia.
On Friday, December 8 at around 6:00pm, an Abington detective observed and stopped a vehicle that appeared to be casing the neighborhood.
It was occupied by four males who claimed to have driven to Pennsylvania from California to visit a friend. According to police, the group possessed either fraudulent identification cards or no identification at all and were detained for further investigation.
A search of their vehicle yielded numerous burglary tools—masks, gloves, flashlights, pry bars, reciprocating saw, and a glass break tool—as well as photos and GPS navigational directions to specific homes and locations in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.
All four suspects were arrested and charged with attempted burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, possessing instruments of crime, and loitering and prowling at night time. They were transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending arraignment.
All four suspects are citizens of Chile, South America.
Their names and ages are (from left to right in the above picture):
- Alvaro Javier Ganin Ganin, 36 years old
- Jorge Fabrizeo Sepulveda Alvarez, 34 years old
- Vaster Miller Guajardo Pedrero, 31 years old
- Nicolas Andres Matus Lucero, 29 years old
Photos: Abington Police Department