5 Men from New York Accused of Stealing $23K in Electronics from Fry’s: Police Blotter

The men face felony retail theft and burglary charges after stealing computer software, hard drives, cameras and GPS units from the Downers Grove Fry’s Electronics, police said.

Five men from New York are accused of stealing more than $23,000 worth of merchandise from Fry’s Electronics stores, including the Downers Grove location. 

Thomas A. Cecere Sr., 43; Thomas A. Cecere Jr., 18; Ronald Zilberov, 19; Charles Perez, 28; and Matthew Santomarco, 18—all of Brooklyn, NY—were all charged with one count of burglary and one count of felony retail theft after robbing the store, located at 3300 Finley Road, police said.

Downers Grove police were dispatched to the store around 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 19 for a retail theft in progress. Officers were advised that there were five men leaving the parking lot in a black Chrysler Town and Country traveling southbound on Finley Road, according to reports. 

The vehicle was located and stopped on the southbound curb lane of Finley Road, just north of Lacey Road, police said. After searching and handcuffing all five men, officers saw in plain view several Microsoft items inside the vehicle, according to reports.

Loss prevention officers at Fry’s told police they were aware of a retail theft crew stealing large amounts of Microsoft software from other Fry’s Electronics stores, police said. On Dec. 1, the crew of five white men stole merchandise from a store in Fisher, IN, according to reports.

The loss prevention officers were given photographs of the men, who they saw entering the store around 6:30 p.m., police said.

Zilberov was seen on the security camera gathering multiple software merchandise on a bottom shelf, police said. Three white men—identified as Cecere Sr., Cecere Jr. and Santomarco—covered the bottom shelf, using their bodies as shields, while Perez began to place items into his puffy coat, according to reports.

The men then left the store without rendering payment, police said.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found several electronic items—including GPS units, Bluetooth headsets, cameras and hard drives—and computer software scattered around the back seat inside large, black garbage bags, police said.

The total value of all recovered items was $23.082, according to reports.

The five men remained in DuPage County Jail on Wednesday. All are being held on $10,000 bond except Thomas Cecere Sr., whose bond was set at $15,000.

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Rick December 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Wow, you reference the fact that they are "white men" several times in this article. I find it odd that when the story involves "BLACK men" that critical piece of data is left out. My god the media is insane.
Brian Mc December 27, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Mr Perez might be more accurately described as latino, but it really isn't too important what race they are now is it? Categorizing them as dumb and greedy might be apropot.
Ann Kerbs December 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I disagree. Many news stories only identify the race of the subject if they are NOT white. In the past year or so, I've started noticing when the race of the suspect is not stated by the media, and in those cases it has always been when the subject is white. It's good that they start treating suspects the same.
Albee January 04, 2013 at 09:34 PM
These guys are all young . That's what being young is doing stupid shit and learning from your mistakes so I hope they see the right path now. Good luck in jail ya gonna need it
mike jones January 07, 2013 at 03:45 AM
a father takes his son cross country to steal on in america


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