Three behind bars after alleged theft

Three Chilean men are behind bars after Logan Township police allegedly found $14,000 in suspected stolen goods in their car.

Milton R. Nunez, 37, along with 30-year-olds Jovanny A. Gonzalez and Sebastian A. Nunez, were taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after the staff at Best Buy reported the three men had stolen merchandise from the Logan Town Centre store.

Store employees reported the men, along with a woman, had driven off in a black Hyundai Elantra. An Elantra was pulled over by responding Logan Township police on Frankstown Road, according to the charges filed by police.

When Gonzalez retrieved his passport from the truck to show officers his identification, he allegedly tried to hide some electronics under some clothing, police noted.

Gonzalez was the only person in the car who could speak English, and he initially told Officer George Swander III that he had been at Best Buy to buy a case for a gaming console. Swander told Gonzalez he didn’t believe him and that the store manager was on the way. The store video surveillance had captured the men on video and another store had sent out an alert with photos of two of the men in the car.

After Gonzalez gave officers permission to search the car and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was found, Gonzalez allegedly admitted everything was stolen, police noted in the charges.

Logan Township Police Chief David Reese said Wednesday officers discovered $14,096 in merchandise, not all of it from Best Buy.

“They were what I would call luxury items” Reese said, adding that among the items seized from the car were designer sunglasses, about $2,000 in Victoria’s Secret merchandise and a lot of electronics, including 10 X-Box gaming consoles. The chief said officers continued to investigate the thefts and pinpoint all the locations from where the items were taken.

Many of the items had anti-theft tags, Reese said.

The driver of the car, a woman, was not charged, police noted. Marijuana was also found in the car.

Reese said all three men are from Chile and the department had notified the Chilean Consulate of their arrest.

All three men were arraigned Wednesday morning by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson, who set bail for each at $25,000 cash. All three men are charged with felony retail theft and receiving stolen property along with drug charges related to the marijuana. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 2 before Jackson.