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Three men face charges in $1m computer parts theft ring

Police are seeking Jose Padilla (aka Juan Santana, left) and Jose Del Rosario.

Essex District Attorney’s Office

Police are seeking Jose Padilla (aka Juan Santana, left) and Jose Del Rosario.

Police are searching for two former Hewlett Packard employees who allegedly participated in a $1 million scheme to steal expensive central processing units out of computers before they were shipped to customers. A third HP employee has been arrested.

In a statement, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office asked for the public’s help in locating the two men, identified as Jose Del Rosario, 28, and Jose Padilla, who have multiple addresses in the Merrimack Valley region. Padilla is also known as Juan Santana, prosecutors said.

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Del Rosario, Padilla, and a third man, identified as Richard Gomez, 30, of Salem, N.H., allegedly used their work duties at the computer company’s Andover facility to execute their scheme, prosecutors said.

The trio allegedly would pluck what was described as “high-value central processing units’’ from computers and substitute inferior parts before allowing the computers to leave the factory for delivery to customers.

The men then allegedly sold the stolen central processing units on line.

All three are facing charges in Essex Superior Court of larceny over $250, receiving stolen property over $250 and money laundering charges, according to Blodgett’s office.

Padilla and Gomez were also indicted for falsifying corporate books.

Gomez has been arrested and will be arraigned in Essex Superior Court at a later date, prosecutors said.

Police asked anyone with information about the two men to call Andover Police Detective Kevin Aufiero at 978-475-0411.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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