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Posted on: December 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Police Make Arrests in Lake Twp. Nighttime Burglary

Head shot images of the three suspects in a nighttime burglary in Lake Ariel.

HONESDALE -- Wayne County District AttorneY Patrick L. Robinson, announced the arrest of three individuals for the Burglary of the Dollar General located in Lake Township.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by State TroopeR Kelly Todd, the Burglary occurred at approximately 4:30 AM on Tuesday, DeC. 2. A neighbor noticed suspicious activity at the Dollar General and called the State Police. The neighbor saw two males attempt to gain entry to the building. There was a silver van associated with the suspicious activity. The State Police were able to locate the van, which was occupied by Luis Morel Caraballo, 24, of Hazelton, Menerson Rafael Hidaldo-Peralta, 21, of Scranton, and Branly Alberto Peguero-Blanco, 25, of Scranton.

Items in plain view included a blue pry bar, a sledge hammer, a yellow pry bar with fresh shards of glass, a roll of nickels, and clothing matching the description of the clothing being worn by one of the suspicious individuals seen outside the Dollar General Store in Lake Ariel.

The rear door of the Dollar General had pry bar marks with fresh blue paint transfer and a partially smashed glass door.

At 1:24 AM on Monday, Dec. 2, a burglary occurred at John’s Italian Restaurant in Salem Township, Wayne County, where $850 was stolen. Money was found on one of the three suspects occupying the van in denominations similar to the denominations of the money stolen from John’s Italian Restaurant.

Three burglaries occurred in Jermyn, Lackawanna County, the previous morning, and those burglaries were reportedly committed by three individuals driving a silver minivan.

Caraballo, Hidaldo-Peralta and Peguero-Blanco were all arrested for f elony counts of Burglary and Criminal Trespass and misdemeanor counts of Possessing Instruments of Crime, and Criminal Mischief. Bail in has been set at $50,000 each.

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