The two Durham teenagers arrested in August on charges of breaking into cars in Clinton are seeking to have their charges dismissed, according to court files.
Attorneys representing Calvin Alderete and Kevin Ruffino-Smith filed applications for accelerated rehabilitation (AR) on Sept. 20 in Middlesex Superior Court.
Both 18-year-olds are facing misdemeanor larceny and felony burglary charges after police said they were caught breaking into cars and stealing belongings near Beach Park Road in Clinton on Aug. 24.
If a judge grants the AR requests, Alderete and Ruffino-Smith would enter a two-year probationary program. After a defendant successfully completes an AR program then the court would drop the charges.
Alderete and Ruffino-Smith are due back in court on Oct. 25 for another hearing. It’s unclear whether their application will be granted at that time, since a background check has to be completed prior to the application being approved.
According to court files, evidence seized in the case — a GPS and some other personal items taken from the cars — will be returned to its owners.
Alderete and Ruffino-Smith are free on $2,500 and $500 bonds respectively.