One Charged In New Hanover Package Theft Case

NEW HANOVER PA – A 27-year-old Reading PA man identified as Deiby Morillo was arrested Friday (July 27, 2018) by New Hanover police on forgery, theft, and other charges related to a department investigation earlier this week of “a series of suspicious incidents (and alleged) package thefts” at locations within and outside the township, its Facebook page reported.

Morillo was taken into custody at an area restaurant, police said. An accompanying individual, whose identity was not revealed, “was later released pending further investigation,” they added. Information on the nature of the incidents, the number of packages or victims involved, and the values of the packages was not released.

The department announced its investigation Thursday (July 26) on Facebook, and asked for public help in its attempt to find and “speak to a black or Hispanic male, possibly driving a black Honda Odyssey van bearing (a) PA registration.”

Chief Kevin McKeon stated several tips it received from that plea, along with assistance provided by the Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, and Douglass Township police departments, led officers to the restaurant where the van had been spotted. “Two suspects were identified,” according to police; “further investigation was conducted, and a search warrant was served” for the van. Morillo’s arrest followed.

The department warned area residents that other “suspicious” packages possibly related to the investigation could arrive “in the coming days” on the doorsteps of local homes, but not addressed to their occupants. “Please do not open” those packages, the chief said; instead, call the department at 610-327-1150.

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