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Three New York men were charged with stealing almost $74,000 in Apple products from a Dover big box store Monday night, city authorities announced Wednesday. 

According to Dover Police, 28-year-old Jonathan Vinas, 34-year-old Joey Lattimore, and 43-year-old Gilbert Cortez, all from Brooklyn, broke into a secured case in the Target at 148 John Hunn Brown Road, took a variety of Apple products, then fled the store around 9:35 p.m. on November 25, 2019. 

They attempted and failed a similar theft at the Target in Christiana following the Dover incident, police said, but loss prevention officers obtained a description of the suspects' vehicle at that time and distributed the information to authorities and other Target locations. 

The vehicle was spotted at a Brandywine Target, and Delaware State Police troopers searched the vehicle, discovering all of the stolen merchandise from Dover, authorities said. Police valued the merchandise at $73,893. 

Vinas, Lattimore, and Cortez were each charged with organized retail crime, possession of shoplifter tools, and second-degree conspiracy. They were all committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,500 secured bonds.