May 8, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 38 year old David Zagami of Croydon, PA with 56 counts of Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime (PIC), and Conspiracy for the theft of 31 Econoline and Chevrolet Express contractor vans. Zagami is also charged with taking tools from inside another 19 vans, and stealing tools from inside several buildings. Zagami was arraigned last night and is currently being held on 1.1 (m) million dollars bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 10, 2013 in courtroom 406.
37 year old Eric Guerra Chacon of the 200 block of Louden Street in Philadelphia is also facing charges for receiving the stolen property from Zagami and attempting to sell it. Chacon is charged with 56 counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Conspiracy. He turned himself into police on May 3, 2013, and he’s currently being held on an ICE detainer. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 10, 2013 in courtroom 406.
Zagami is charged with stealing the vans from the far North and Northeast section of the city, taking the contents of the vans, and then dumping those vans in Bucks County. He is also charged with breaking into 19 other vans and stealing the contents of those vans. The vehicles were stolen for their contents; which included assorted hand and power tools, ladders, electronic equipment and other construction equipment. Once emptied of their contents the vehicles were recovered in a one mile radius in Croydon, Bucks County.
Police believe Zagami started stealing the vans and pickup trucks last summer and was making approximately $400 to $600 dollars for the contents inside each vehicle. From July of 2012 until January of 2013 vans and pickup trucks that were reported stolen from Philadelphia were recovered by Bristol Police in Croydon. The locks and ignitions in all of the vehicles were damaged.
“Zagami targeted small contractors and when he stole their vans and equipment he literally stole their livelihood,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “In these tough economic times this is especially troubling. Numerous families had to struggle to make ends meet because of Zagami’s cold and calculated actions, and I comment the police for their excellent work in finding him.”
The arrests of David Zagami and Eric Guerra Chacon were the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department’s Major Crimes Auto Squad, Bristol Township Police and Bensalem Township Police.