The 15 burglaries were committed in Montgomery Delaware and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. The five are also suspects in burglaries in Cherry Hill, N.J. and in New Castle County near Wilmington. The incidents took place between August 2015 and July 2016.
The most common items stolen from homeowners being money, jewelry, and high-end purses.
The victims in the charged burglaries suffered financial losses more than $1.5 million, the DA’s office reported. The Montgomery County DA’s Office will prosecute the 15 burglaries that occurred in Pennsylvania.
Arrested were Wasim Shazad of East Norriton, who owns a jewelry business and operates out of three storefronts on Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row, on multiple charges, including corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, receiving stolen property and failing to report precious metal transactions.
The four other men –Kebbie Ramseur, Jerrel Jaynes, Shron Linder and Ralph Mayrant—were charged in July 2016 with six of the burglaries and have been in custody since that time.
Additional multiple felony charges related to all 15 burglaries will be filed against them, including corrupt organizations, burglary, theft, robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen property.
The charges come after a lengthy investigation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies that included New Castle County Police.
Shazad was arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Robert M. Sobeck, who set bail at $250,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m., Feb. 2 before Sobeck.