Two men are facing charges in connection with a spree of vehicle thefts and burglaries in Newark.

Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, said the arrests came after “a nearly two-month investigation,” and the men were identified through surveillance footage and other investigative means.

Dahmir Lewis, 21, of Newark, and Stephan Lloyd Jr., 23, of Middletown were arrested Oct. 25 after being stopped during an unrelated incident at the Christiana Mall. Both were jailed after falling to post bail.

The alleged crimes happened in late September and targeted areas dominated by student rental homes. In some of the instances, the vehicle was stolen using a spare key that had been hidden inside the vehicle.

Both men were charged with stealing vehicles on Wollaston Avenue, South Chapel Street and Prospect Avenue, as well as burglarizing a residence on Benny Street.

Lewis is also charged with stealing a vehicle on Benny Street, and Lloyd is also charged with stealing items from a vehicle on Kristins Way.

In several cases, stolen property was sold to a retailer, and stolen credit cards were used to buy merchandise, Rubin added.

Lewis is facing 17 charges, and Lloyd is facing 25. Charges include multiple counts of theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, conspiracy, theft and unlawful use of a payment card.

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