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UD Police make arrests in recent bicycle thefts

University of Delaware Police have arrested two groups of individuals for recent bicycle thefts on the Newark campus.

“In both these cases, we were able to use our robust video surveillance system to apprehend the individuals responsible,” said UD Police Chief Patrick Ogden. “We also were aided by the quick thinking of an individual who noticed something unusual going on and notified us immediately. I want to remind everyone in our community if you see something, say something.”

On April 19, UD Police arrested three male juveniles for a series of bicycle thefts that occurred April 1 in the area of the Rusell Residence Hall on Haines Street. The juveniles were identified through video surveillance footage and interviews conducted by detectives.

The three were arraigned through Family Court; two were issued an unsecured bond for receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and third degree trespass, and the third was issued an unsecured bond for theft, criminal mischief and third degree trespass. All were released to the custory of their parents and were issued a no contact order with the University.

On April 23, UD Police arrested an adult male and two juvenile males for attempted to remove secured bicyles in the area of the University’s Laird Campus. Awitness in the area of the George Read Residence Hall contacted police to report three individuals attempting to steal bicycles. Through witness statements and video surveillance, dispatchers were able to provide officers with a description of the suspects, who were subsequently apprehended by officers on scene.

Arrest warrants were obtained for all three males through JP Court 11. One juvenile was issued an unsecured bond for third degree trespass and released to his parents. The second juvenile was issued an unsecured bond for third degree trespass third degree and possession of burglary tools and released to his parents. The adult male, Victor Torres, 20, of Wilmington, Delaware, was arraigned for two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and trespass third degree and was given a $1,025 unsecured bond. Torres also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and was given $200 cash bail and was committed to Howard Young Correctional Center. All three were issued no contact orders with the University of Delaware.

Anyone with additional information should contact UD Police at 302-831-2222.

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