The quartet was arrested during a surveillance operation and investigation of more than three dozen thefts reported in recent months, police said.
The arrests were made about 7 p.m. March 7 in the 800 block of Lake Avenue. Police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray said more arrests are expected in the investigation that also involves U.S. Postal authorities. "This is not believed to be an isolated incident," Gray said.
According to police, the suspects were spotted in a silver SUV by investigators staked out in the neighborhood in attempt to find who's been pilfering mail and packages in the backcountry area since before the holidays. "We dedicated additional resources for surveillance," Gray said.
The quartet — along with an unidentified juvenile — were stopped after the theft took place. Gray would not say whether the juvenile, who was not charged, was related to any of the suspects.
According to a police report, the silver SUV suddenly stopped in front of the house in the 800 block of Lake Avenue, and that a man, identified as Dayquan A. Jackson, got out of the car and took mail from a mailbox, before the car sped off, northbound on Lake Avenue.
Police found "several pieces of mail (inside the car) belonging to the residence ... confronted with the evidence, Jackson subsequently admitted to the mail theft," according to the report.
(To protect the identity of the victims, Greenwich Patch is not publishing the exact address of where the theft occurred.)
Charged with sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor were:
- Johnathan D. Blackwell, 22, of 87 Pixie Pl., Bridgeport,
- Dayquan A. Jackson, 25, of 315 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport,
- Niko Nunez, 23, of 33 Avon St., Stratford,
- Virgilio Obaldia, 28, of 520 Beechmont Ave., Bridgeport.
Obaldia, whose bond was set at $60, also was charged with illegal possession of marijuana.
Jackson also was charged with violation of probation via warrant obtained by Bridgeport Police. He was held in lieu of $10,000 bond set on that charge.
The rest were released on $100 bond. All are scheduled to appear March 14 in state Superior Court in Stamford.