Niki Zachreson 29, 28 Flat Rock Rd., Branford, was arrested on warrant for first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree larceny, first-degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.
He and were reported to have stolen radiators and two car batteries from a previous employer and then sold them to a scrap metal dealer. Upon investigation, he had allegedly sold many items to the scrap metal dealer over a long period of time, totaling more than $10,000.
Nico Desisto, 21, Walter Joseph Germe, 42, and Brenda Ortiz, 21–all of Main St. Apt. 206, Branford–were arrested for third-degree criminal trespass, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny at 10:30 a.m. on July 5.
After North Branford police received a report of an unknown car in a property on Route 80, the trio was found on the property and had allegedly gathered a pile of scrap metal, totaling about $300.
Lieutenant David D'Ancicco said that scrap metal thefts have been on the rise over the past six weeks. Several thefts have also been reported in Branford including those of and a (pictured).