Arrest Made in Scranton Burglary Spree

Published 08/13 2014 03:39PM

Updated 08/13 2014 11:08PM

Arrest Made:

Scranton, Lackawanna County
-We are learning new information tonight about a string of burglaries in North Scranton.

One man has been arrested for his part in the crime.

According to Police, Jose Alvarado was arrested this evening in Lackawanna County.

Currently, Alvarado is only charged with one burglary, but Detectives says he is expected to be charged with several more in the city.

Numerous items were confiscated as suspected property that was stolen.

Scranton, Lackawanna County-Scranton police say they're investigating a series of home burglaries that may all be connected.

What makes this crime spree especially disturbing is that several of the victims were at home when the break-ins happened.

Police say the thief or thieves got into the homes through windows or forced open doors.

Cash and electronics were taken in most cases.

Homeowners in North Scranton, where all the burglaries took place early Sunday morning, are now on alert.

"They're brazen. They don't care. They don't care. It's a quick fix," Greg Gillette said.

Greg Gillette's neighbor's house on Throop Street was broken into. His mother's neighbor one street over was also a victim.

"I don't feel safe that's for sure, don't feel safe at all," Gillette said.

From Throop Street to East Parker Street to Wilbur Street, police report at least four burglaries and one attempted burglary between 2:00 AM and 8:00 AM Sunday morning.

What upsets Paul Mehall most is that people were home in some instances. He has a wife and three daughters.

"It's kind of concerning because there's no remorse. There's no worry from these people stealing stuff that they can just walk in and not have a care in the world who is there," Mehall said.

Daniel Griffiths has lived in North Scranton for 55 years. He has a dog for protection but admits the burglaries bother him.

"It's scary, definitely scary for everybody, I mean when you're home and sleeping!" Griffiths said.

Other people, like Alberto Tolentino, didn't hear about the burglaries until Eyewitness News told them.

"It's a quiet neighborhood. You don't even see people walking around here. It's quiet," Tolentino said.

Tolentino and many others now say they'll be taking extra precautions to stay safe.

"All my doors and windows are locked as soon as I leave the house and we have an alarm system coming in. It's scary," Gillette said.

Police say they do have a lead in this investigation.

The thief stole car keys from one home and took a Jeep over to a nearby street where he was seen getting into a Dodge Durango. Police say they are considering that man in the Dodge Durango a "person of interest" and they're working to determine exactly who he is.

Anyone with information is urged to call Scranton Police.

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