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Three charged in car break-ins in Aberdeen

Three men were arrested early Sunday morning and charged with stealing items from cars in the Aberdeen area.

Police say they are also investigating if the Aberdeen incidents are connected to a rash of similar thefts in the Riverside area in the last few weeks, a spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

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Joel Rodriguez Jr., 21, of the 100 block of Battery Drive in Havre de Grace; James Snidero, 22, of the 200 block of Temple Drive in Bel Air; and Lee Laswell, 21, of the 800 block of South Juniata Street in Havre de Grace, are each charged with theft less than $1,000, theft less than $100 and two counts of rogue and vagabond.

Following their arrests shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, the three were taken to Harford County Detention Center for booking and then were released on their own recognizance, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

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Deputies on patrol in the Aberdeen area were dispatched to Witch Hazel Way for a report of a suspicious vehicle, which deputies pulled over; three men were inside, according to the release.

Deputies began searching the area and found two victims whose items were stolen from their cars. The stolen property was allegedly found inside and near the car deputies stopped.

The Aberdeen thefts followed several reports of thefts from cars in Riverside in the past few weeks.

Late the night of Nov. 14 and into the early morning Nov. 15, the Sheriff's Office received multiple calls from residents in the Brice Square, Hampton Hall Court and Greys Run Circle areas about break-ins to vehicles, according to the sheriff's office calls for service.

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The weekend before, the sheriff's received calls for break-ins on Halls Chance Lane, Patriot Garth, Jamison Court, Declaration Circle and Talbot Square.

Deputies put out an automated call Nov. 16 alerting residents to the recent thefts and reminding them to keep their vehicles locked and to be on the lookout for suspicious activity; they were urged to call police if they see anything, according to Kyle Andersen, spokesman for the sheriff's office. The Community Policing Unit was also scheduled to be out in the area to talk about crime prevention tips.

Andersen said investigators are trying to determine if the Aberdeen and Riverside thefts are related.

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