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ell, Mattero, 30, was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. Ukropec, 30, was charged with receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy. in Upper Darby District Court.
Green said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.
Most of the items recovered have yet to be identified, but were believed to be stolen in numerous burglaries over the past several months, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, police executed a search warrant on Mattero’s residence in the 5000 block of Pine Street in West Philadelphia Wednesday. Police were led to the residence after spotting a “rescue green” Jeep that was captured by security footage during an alleged burglary, according to a Newtown police press release.
During execution of the warrant, police found a large amount of jewelry, jewelry boxes and electronics, along with a pair of black Ugg boots reported stolen from a Newtown residence Nov. 9, the affidavit stated. According to the affidavit, both Mattero and Ukropec were at the residence when the search warrant was executed. Both gave statements to police about recent burglaries they had allegedly committed, the affidavit stated.
According to police, Mattero and Ukropec were allegedly involved in at least nine daytime burglaries from Sept. 27 through Nov. 18. The burglaries occurred in Newtown, Marple, Upper Providence, Nether Providence and Concord, as well as in several Chester County communities.
Green said the arrests were the culmination of work by the Cobbs Creek Initiative, a law enforcement task force comprised of officers from Delaware County, Chester County, Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania State Police.
“It’s an important one,” Green said of the investigation. “Some of these (alleged burglaries) were pretty brazen . For the victims, it’s gratifying to get their valuables back and to know that these guys are behind bars.”
Green said police departments involved in the investigation would be setting up a retrieval process in the near future for victims to reclaim stolen property.