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Arrests Made In Burglary Spree

LACKAWANNA COUNTY — State police arrested two suspected burglars on Wednesday, and are looking for another, who they say were part of a spree of break-ins spanning five counties in our area.

State police first arrested Aaron Castro of Clarks Summit in January when they say his attempt to burglarize a home near Thornhurst was thwarted by a neighbor.

According to court papers, Castro admitted to committing several other burglaries with accomplices. One of those accomplices was arrested Wednesday.

A family in Dunmore says they returned from a New Year’s vacation in January to find their back door kicked in and some jewelry stolen. But what the burglars really took was more than material.

“You don’t feel secure in your home anymore. You’re always looking out your windows.  I hope that will wear away.”

The burglary victim breathed a sigh of relief when she heard state police have now arrested the two men they believe burglarized her home.

State police charged Aaron Castro of Clarks Summit and Sean Vought, 38, of Dunmore with burglary and other charges. Police say the pair, and maybe a third accomplice, are responsible for six burglaries in Lackawanna County in December and January.

But police say they can connect the two to a total of 12 burglaries in five different counties, partly because Castro and Vought admitted to some and also because police tracked down some of the stolen items at Jeff’s Trading Post on North Main Avenue in Scranton.

Investigators used an online database that pawn shop owners are now required to keep.

“It is old fashioned police work. Our investigators still have to be out there. But it does help with this new technology that’s available for them to follow these people,” said Trooper Connie Devens.

State police say the whole investigation started when a neighbor played police.

Troopers first met Aaron Castro when they say he was burglarizing a home near Thornhurst in January. A neighbor spotted him and shot out his tires so Castro couldn’t get away.

Troopers slapped him with the new burglary charges while he was already behind bars for that January crime.

“I’m very happy about that, because there’s one less we have to worry about. But it seems in these times there’s too much of it.”

State police say Castro and Vought  are connected to 12 burglaries in five counties but only charged them with six in Lackawanna County committed in December and January.

State police say they expect to arrest a third person in the burglary scheme later this week.

5 comments

  • Ryan

    Well for those of you who think that they don’t deserve to b punished your are wrong those people have destroyed my family’s sense of security and the sanctity of our home by kicking in the back door and stealing my family’s air looms as well as hard EARNED money so pass off seriously people make choices and they made bad ones I spent a number of years in prison and I wanted to make a change so I did it has nothing to do with anything these scumbags stole more then just personal belongings

  • LeggsNham

    This breaks my heart to see how far Aaron fell into drugs. I grew up with him and knew him really well, but we haven’t been in contact for about 8 years. He in my eyes is far from dangerous, but heroin makes you a different person. I really hope these years he will spend behind bars will change him for the better. But it’s not, jails create criminals and he won’t get the help he needs.

    • CCKM

      I fully understand where you’re coming from first hand, however, we had family members and their rag-rag followers in the same situation and they were told if they were caught stealing from us or anyone else expect to have their kneecaps blown out! It’s a horror show and an epidemic in this area! All of them had help and repeatedly relapse. When I was in middle school in the city, we were shown what drugs can do to a person. They showed us movies about it all the time. Many did drugs anyway, but for many of us the deterrent worked. At least for heroin, crack, and etc…This was 30 years ago! Is NEPA that far behind in the times? The education must start at home, then schools and churches! The only proactiveness done in our local school as far as drugs as far as we know were warinings to the parents that drugs were being sold in the school parking lot, and the subject was part of their health curriculem. No movies, no policing the parking lot. As of high school, I pulled my son out of there. He is currently cyber-schooled. They were constantly finding marijuana in the kids school lockers. Maybe parents need to go thru their kids’s stuff everyday. You have to be a total idiot to put the stuff in your locker or deal in the school parking lot!

  • CCKM

    Awesome! You caught them! And good for the neighbor who shot out the tires! Maybe, just maybe these three will learn their lesson and not take what doesn’t belong to them! Would they like someone to break into their homes and take their stuff? These criminals don’t ever think about that!

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