Mother, son pair arrested in Harrington after string of thefts

HARRINGTON – Christopher J. Santiago, 31 of the 100 block of North West St. in Harrington, was arrested April 4 along with his mother Theresa M. Groves, 65 of of the 100 block of North West St. in Harrington, after police investigated a rash of thefts.

According to Capt. Kenny Brode, officers from the Harrington Police Department were contacted about thefts of air conditioner units and scrap metal at residences on East Center St. and Commerce St. Detectives from the Harrington Police Department began investigating these complaints and were able to identify Santiago as the suspect.

Detectives learned that Santiago stole the items and then the items were sold for scrap at location scrap yards. Police also determined that Groves sold some of the stolen items for her son. Police obtained warrants for both Santiago and Groves. Santiago also had an active warrant out of the Milford Police Department for shoplifting.

While on patrol, police observed the pair traveling in a vehicle on West Liberty St. The officer knew they had active warrants and stopped he vehicle. Both were taken into custody and transported to the Harrington Police Department for processing. Both were arraigned via video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 2.

Groves was charged with selling stolen property under $1,500. She was released on $500 unsecured bond. Santiago was charged with three counts of theft under $1,500, noncompliance with conditions of bond, burglary in the third degree, criminal trespass in the third degree and shoplifting under $1,500. An administrative warrant was also issued to Santiago by probation and parole due to his being on probation from an earlier arrest.  He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute in default of $6,600 secured bond.

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