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Pair faces dozens of charges in Aurora copper thefts

Armando Salazar RamR. Mendozare charged with dozens thefts copper from Aurorhomes.

Armando Salazar and Ramon R. Mendoza are charged with dozens of thefts of copper from Aurora homes.

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Updated: February 25, 2013 12:38PM



AURORA — Dozens of charges have been field against two men accused of stealing copper piping from vacant homes across Aurora.

Aurorans Armando Salazar, 50, of the 700 block of East Galena Boulevard, and Ramon R. Mendoza, 39, of the 400 block of West New York Street, were arrested Jan. 17 by community-oriented policing officers who received tips that the pair were responsible for multiple copper thefts.

Officers conducted a detail targeting the two men and took them into custody after seeing them carrying copper tubing from a home in the 300 block of North Union Street, police said Wednesday.

Police said Salazar was responsible for similar crimes throughout the near East and near West Sides of Aurora. Those include thefts at a home in the block where Salazar lives, as well as homes in the 0-99 block of South State Street, the 100 block of South State Street, the 0-99 block of North Union Street, the 700 block of East Downer Place, the 700 block of Spring Street, the 300 block of West New York Street, the 200 block of South Union Street, the 400 block of High Street, and the 500 block of East Galena Boulevard, according to police.

Detectives tied Mendoza to thefts of copper in the 300 block of West New York Street, the 400 block of Spruce Street, the 600 block of Iowa Avenue, the 1000 block of Garfield Avenue, the 500 block of North Avenue, the 500 block of Spruce Street, the 500 block of East Galena Boulevard, and the 100 block of Blackhawk Street, police said.

Salazar was charged with 13 counts of felony criminal damage to property, 12 counts of burglary, one count of residential burglary and one count of felony theft.

Mendoza was charged with eight counts of burglary, eight counts of felony criminal damage to property and one count of felony theft.

The string of burglaries stretches back to August 2012 and the total loss exceeds $39,000, police said.

Salazar and Mendoza are being held in lieu of bond at the Kane County Correctional Center in St. Charles.



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