Police officials are tightlipped about the stolen items. Could this be part of the burglary ring that Police broke up last year? Could members have slipped by undetected?
Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — As we reported earlier, the Lower Merion police responded to a burglary in the 600 block of Manayunk Road at 3:21 in the afternoon. The homeowner had been away for a few days and upon her return found that her home had been burglarized. Today the police report that the value of the burglary was in excess of $481,000.
Police are playing it close to the vest and are not releasing a description of the stolen coins or jewelry at this time.
The burglars entered the home through an unlocked rear window on the first floor. The house was ransacked, and pillows cases were taken from the master bedroom along with a suitcase. The Police theorize that the pillowcases and suitcase were used to take the plundered items from the residence.
The majority of the materials stolen came from an office which contained a three drawer metal filing cabinet. The filing cabinet was reportedly unlocked.
Prior to the detectives having a solid list of the stolen items, Police reported that Precious coins, a coin collection, assorted jewelry, and a Swiss Army suitcase were part of the missing loot.
While the victim was away, on June 29, around 9:30 PM, a neighbor called the victim and reported that the front door of her home had been left standing open. The neighbor closed the door for the homeowner. Police are investigating whether the burglars exited the home by marching out the front door.
This case has similarities with a burglary ring that was captured last year in Lower Merion. The timing when the front door was found opened and the fact that the thieves used pillowcases to remove the stolen items may be coincidental, but circumstances allow for the thought that there may have been more participants in the burglary ring than was arrested.
Last year a burglary ring from was broken up when two men were arrested on February 10, 2018, after Police Officers from a Taskforce observed the two men burglarizing a home in the Township. Taskforce officers were following two suspects in Philadelphia when they drove to Lower Merion’s James Drive in a pickup truck.
The officers lost the truck but later found the men exiting a home on James Road in Wynnewood. Police report that in the pair’s possession was a pillowcase full of jewelry. After being arrested and charged in that case, authorities subsequently charged the pair with a total of 50 burglaries. The crime ring, spanning three counties reportedly stole what the DA pegged as over $1,000,000 worth of goods.
“In most cases, the bedrooms were ransacked, the jewelry taken and the homeowner’s pillowcases were used to carry out the stolen goods,” Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele said in 2018. The burglary ring at that time was carrying out their craft after dusk but before midnight and the criminals looked for empty driveways where houses were dark.
The pair arrested were Leroy Boose, then age 57, of Willingboro, N.J., and Anthony McDaniels, then age 50, of Philadelphia. Both men were subsequently charged with hundreds of criminal counts stemming from roughly 50 burglaries across Montgomery, Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.
Bail was set at over $5.7 million in connection with the burglary ring.
Court records available today show that Boose is still in jail and his case is slowly working its way through the court system.
McDaniels pled guilty, and his sentencing information was not available at this time.
Calls and emails to Lower Merion Detectives have yet to be answered.
This is a developing story and the TAPinto team will be updating as information becomes available.
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