ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Charges have been filed against two men who, authorities said, were involved in multiple burglaries and thefts in a six-county area from May through August, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said in a news release Friday.
Joshua Torres-Ruiz, 20, faces 26 charges each of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, along with other burglary and theft charges.
Efrain Santiago-Colon, 24, was charged with 19 counts each of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, along with other burglary and theft charges.
Both men have been taken into custody, the DA's office said.
An investigation revealed that an organized group of people committed nighttime burglaries and attempted burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, and thefts from motor vehicles in Lehigh, Berks, Carbon, Montgomery, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties from May through August, the DA said.
The counties' district attorneys agreed to consolidate the charges and prosecution in Lehigh County, Martin said.
"I want to commend Trooper Michael Everk of the Pennsylvania State Police - Troop M and Det. Chad Wasserman of the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force for their extensive work involving this complex, multi-jurisdictional investigation," said Martin.
"In addition, I thank the analysts at both the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory located on the campus of DeSales University for providing the technical expertise critical to the investigation into the extraordinary number of crimes allegedly perpetrated by these individuals."