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Franklin County woman faces burglary charges in two counties

May 14, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Franklin County, Pa., woman who allegedly walked into people's homes and stole items faces burglary charges in Washington and Franklin counties.

Patricia Marie Ayazi, 42, of 14926 Wayne Highway, was charged with burglary and theft by unlawful taking by Washington Township Police.

Ayazi was charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary and felony theft by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Investigator Greg Alton said.

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On Monday, Ayazi was awaiting extradition at the Franklin County Prison on a fugitive warrant from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Alton said.

A Leitersburg-area family was celebrating Easter when the woman allegedly walked into their home in the 13300 block of Herman Myers Road and entered the bathroom, Alton said.

"She walked in while the family was having Easter dinner," Alton said.

When approached by one of the residents, the woman said she was looking at a house for sale down the road and wanted to see if the layout was the same, Alton said.

After the woman left at the family's request, the family discovered a Compaq laptop computer worth $1,700 was missing from an enclosed porch, Alton said. The computer had not been recovered as of Monday.

In Franklin County, the woman is accused by Washington Township Police of stealing three bottles of prescription medication from a home in the 13600 block of Crawford Avenue, according to the police report.

The residents found the woman in their home on May 8, the report states. She left when asked.

The medication was recovered, the report states.

The sheriff's department and Maryland State Police are investigating similar cases in Washington County.

Alton said the department received a formal complaint from another family that a woman walked into its home and stole something.

The department received six to eight calls from other families who saw a woman walk or try to walk into their homes, Alton said. Nothing was stolen in those instances.

The woman told the residents she either wanted to use the bathroom, wanted donations for abused women or wanted to check the layout of the home because she wanted to buy one nearby.

The cases being investigated by the sheriff's department occurred in the Leitersburg area since late March, Alton said.

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