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Published on April 18, 2024
Philadelphia Man Allegedly Orchestrated Burglary Ring Targeting Asian-American Business Owners, Bensalem Police ChargeSource: Bensalem Township Police Department

Philadelphia has been grappling with a wave of crimes targeting Asian-American business owners, and the recent arrest of Frederick Gray, 45, is shedding light on the orchestrated burglary operations. Bensalem Police charged Gray, a Philadelphia resident, with burglary, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief after a string of break-ins plagued the community. According to Patch, Gray was arrested with a GPS tracker supposedly used to place under the victim's vehicle.

The string of crimes first came to light following a September incident caught on surveillance video, where two individuals, one armed with a gun, broke into a home owned by an Asian-American family with business ties in Philadelphia. As reported by 6abc, investigators discovered that the suspects had been conducting detailed surveillance on their target's activities between their business and home. Police say that this advanced tracking is a part of a disturbing pattern.

During the arrest executed at 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Bensalem police officers identified the white Sprinter van previously seen in the burglary videos, and took Gray into custody. District Justice Joseph Falcone provided arraignment and Gray was remanded to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10% of $250,000 bail. The investigation, which spanned several months, revealed that Gray had a history with this type of crime, 6abc reports.

Video evidence tied Gray to the orchestration of a burglary at a home on Village Green Boulevard in Bensalem. The suspects were filmed breaking in, ransacking the property, and fleeing in the van. Similar crimes have been reported in surrounding counties, and authorities are currently on the hunt for additional suspects associated with the criminal group. Further details can be gleaned from FOX 29.

The community remains on edge as the investigation continues, with police urging vigilance among business owners and residents. The Bensalem police underscore the importance of reporting suspicious activity in a bid to clamp down on this targeted crime wave against Asian-American citizens.