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Dozens arrested by Manatee burglary task force

MANATEE — A sheriff’s task force created to combat a rash of home and vehicle burglaries has arrested dozens of people, including this morning five suspects believed to have stolen $150,000 worth of property in Manatee.

Detectives served search warrants at three home this morning and found 400 items believed to be stolen, including televisions, iPods, GPS devices, computers and jewelry, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The five people arrested on trafficking in stolen property charges in the three homes are believed to have been sending the stolen goods to Mexico for sale.

The searches resulted from a tip received by the task force on April 16 that the individuals were dealing in large amounts of stolen property.

Since the task force began April 13, detectives have arrested 35 people on 76 burglary-related charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

The following were arrested in this morning’s raids:

— Marco Tulio Alverado, 26, and Christopher Heraldo Galdamez, 20, of 215 60th Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton.

— Hector Manuel Romo, 36, of 5624 14th St. W., Lot 45A, Bradenton.

— Oscar Torres-Arevalo, 38, and Lorena Moreno-Roman, 28, of 3817 10th St. Court E., Bradenton. In this raid, there were three children aged 2, 3, and 5 in the home, who were all placed into the custody of child protection services.