Police make arrests in Delco burglaries

SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - November 24, 2010

Detectives from multiple suburban townships raided a row house at 51st and Pine streets. There they found stolen property from a burglary spree in Delaware and Chester counties that began back in the summer.

Items included jewelry, TVs, computers, tools and more. In all, thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods were confiscated that'll eventually be going back to their rightful owners.

Police say tips that led to the Southwest Philadelphia bust were generated by an Action News' report on Monday detailing the string of daylight break-ins at nearly a dozen homes in western Delaware County.

The townships hit in these series of burglaries include Newtown, Marple, Upper Providence, Nether Providence, and Concord townships.

The photos of the green Jeep used in the burglaries were apparently the spark that led to the tip calls. Police were scouring that vehicle for evidence today. It was found around the corner from the Pine Street row house.

Detectives believed from the start that the suspects were young heroin addicts doing break-ins to get loot to sell to feed their habits.

The suspects are identified as Rocco Matero and Helen Ukropec.

Sources say heroin was found inside the row house during today's search for evidence.

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