May 16, 2018 05:11 PM
A burglary spree crossing town and county lines has been shut down following an undercover sting operation.
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Dean Klejment and Joseph Mullen.
They're accused of stealing $30,000 worth of tools and equipment from cars and garages.
The key to cracking this county-wide crime spree was a Medicaid card.
A card that was dropped by the lead suspect while stealing power tools from a family's home in Perinton, but the sheriffs office says that's not the only house he hit.
Court documents state the face on that ID card was Dean Klejment, a career criminal.
Klejment has done 4 stints in state prison, accused this time of hitting garages and cars across Monroe and Ontario Counties, primarily stealing power tools.
Sargent of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, John Watson said, "Dean was a target we'd been looking at for quite a while. After setting up a detail, watching him, he was observed doing multiple burglaries."
The investigation into the 51-year-old spans over months and over town lines, deputies saying Klejment admitted to a number of home and car break-ins in Irondequoit, Pittsford, Rochester and Perinton.
"We know everyone, make sure we keep an eye on everyone else," explained Beth Indovina, a neighbor.
Which is where they're accused of hitting a home in Perinton near Indovina.
Indovina continued to say, "a lot of people around here, at nighttime when I'm walking everything is closed up, I don't notice anything suspicious. To me, it doesn't feel like something that would happen all the time."
The victim detailed the theft in his own words through court papers, saying he noticed the garage door was open before heading to bed, hitting the automatic door, but not waiting to see if it was closed. The next morning, it was back open, and his tools, totaling 700 dollars were missing, making the victim believe either there was an issue with the sensor, or the thieves were already inside his garage.
"Some were just opened garages, crimes of opportunity. But a lot of garages he was breaking a window or a door to make entry that way," said Watson.
Investigators say he would take the stolen goods and stored them in the garage belonging to Joseph Mullen.
The 35-year-old Mullen is now facing charges.
Watson explained what can be expected moving forward, "now its on us to go back through reports and see if victims fit the pattern of this crime, reach out to see if they can identify their property."
Which will take time, considering approximately $30,000 worth of stolen power tools and equipment were recovered, the investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office have a garage full of those tools now in evidence waiting to get back to their proper owner. As for Klejment and Mullen, more charges could be coming their way.
Updated: May 16, 2018 05:11 PM
Created: May 16, 2018 04:12 PM
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