Tredyffrin Township Police have arrested two men believed to be behind a six-month home burglary spree.
Police say 24-year-old Christopher “Matt” Fazzini of Avonwood Drive in Wayne, and 22-year old Brendan White Burke of Spruce Lane in Berwyn were arrested last Thursday. Information about the arrests was released Monday by Tredyffrin Police.
According to a Tredyffrin Police news release, the two men were arrested in connection with a home burglary crime "spree" that stretched from Malvern to Wayne, including Berwyn.
According to police,Fazzini and Burke are charged in a string of crimes that began on November 26, 2011 and continued through March 2 of this year. Police say burglars in the crimes "commonly had knowledge of the occupants and/or their whereabouts."
Police say the pair typically did not use force to get into the homes they are accused of burglarizing. According to police the items stolen in the burglaries were pawned in the greater Philadelphia area and are "reported to be a means to support drug habits."
Fazzini and Burke were arraigned via video hook-up on Thursday in Chesterbrook District Court. They were released on $100,000 unsecured bail each. Each suspect waived a preliminary hearing and will now face charges in Common Pleas Court in West Chester.
Police warn residents to remain diligent, and criminals to stay away
Tredyffrin Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo credited detectives and members of his department's patrol division with working " diligently to bring about a successful resolution to these criminal events."
Giaimo told TE Patch on Monday afternoon that the message to anyone thinking about commiting crimes in Tredyffrin is simple: "We're going to find you, we're going to get you."
What you can do to help stop home crimes
Giaimo says it's important for all residents to remain "vigilant in securing their resicences and notifying the police department of observed suspicious behavior."
Police urge residents to get involved in their local “Town Watch” groups.
Giaimo has pushed for increased cooperation and interaction between police and residents since he became Acting Superinendent at beginning of the year. He was appointed Tredyffrin Police Superintendent in May. For more information on becoming active in Town Watch programs click here for the Tredyffrin Police Department's website.