Five New York men pleaded not guilty yesterday to various charges after being arrested Monday afternoon when they tried to enter a military facility in Natick without authorization, authorities said.
The men, who arrived in a 2012 Chevy Suburban with New Jersey plates, tried to enter the US Army Soldier Systems Center, according to Natick police Lieutenant Brian Grassey. The center researches and develops equipment and other items for soldiers, according to its website.
Grassey said in an e-mail last night that three of the men showed false civilian identifications, and none of them could provide a valid reason for entering the facility.
He said they were later found to be in possession of nine laptop computers, two iPod touches, a PlayStation 3 video game system, and 43 credit cards, some with names matching those on the fake identifications.
Grassey said authorities are investigating why the men were seeking entry into the facility and where they may have obtained the stolen goods.
“There is no known nexus to terrorism,’’ he wrote.
The men pleaded not guilty yesterday in Framingham District Court on charges including receiving stolen property over $250, forged misuse of a Registry of Motor Vehicles document, and forgery of a credit card, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office said.
The men - identified by police as Bryand Raposo, 20; Jeriel Delosangeles, 22; Daylin Santos-Vargas, 22; Dalmonte Dawill, 19, and Michel Montero De La Cruz, 23 - are due back in court on March 14 for a pretrial conference, authorities said. The suspects are all from New York City, according to police.
The Defense Department released no information on the case last night. An FBI spokesman said federal agents were not involved in the arrests.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.