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Police say Pa. theft ring is broken

August 03, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and Chambersburg Police say they have cracked what they believe is a theft ring made up of 11 people, most of them juveniles suspected of taking belongings from unlocked cars.

"We'll probably clear 60 or more cases," State Police Cpl. George Cronin said Tuesday. Two adults were charged last week.

Chambersburg Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said her department is investigating thefts from vehicles and buildings. An exact number of cases won't be known until later this week because officers are sorting out who they will charge with specific crimes, she said.

Cronin said charges had been filed Tuesday against most of the nine juveniles suspected in the cases.

An 18-year-old Chambersburg woman was charged with criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property, according to a criminal complaint at District Justice Gary Carter's office, and a 20-year-old Fayetteville, Pa., man was charged with theft.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by borough police, the woman drove the man and two boys to the Philadelphia Avenue home of Marie Florkiewicz on July 10.

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The affidavit said three males went into the house and stole a handgun, a BB pistol, a bayonet, compact discs, $90 in change and a cordless phone.

Three people were seen fleeing the house, the report said. The two boys, ages 15 and 16, were interviewed by police the following week.

The 20-year-old man was charged with stealing $2 from a purse in a parked car at Aldi's grocery store in Guilford Township on July 7, according to the criminal complaint at District Justice Larry Meminger's office.

Both adults are in Franklin County Prison on $25,000 bond.

State police said the cases they are investigating occurred between June 1 and July 25. The report listed 16 roads and areas in the townships surrounding Chambersburg where the thefts from vehicles occurred.

Items stolen from mostly unlocked vehicles included cellular phones, car stereos and speakers, compact discs and cassettes, documents, sunglasses and tools.

State police said the thefts occurred in bunches with thieves hitting one area and then moving on to another.

Anyone who has something taken from a vehicle but has not reported it may call state police at 1-717-264-5161.

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