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Woman, 23, sentenced to state prison for Franklin County theft spree

March 27, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman convicted in a 2006 burglary was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 14 months to 12 years in state prison.

Ashlee L. Ball, 23, no fixed address, pleaded guilty in February to burglary and attempted burglary in one case and to theft in another, according to court records. The sentence imposed on Ball by Judge Richard J. Walsh will run concurrently with one she is serving in New Jersey, according to the sentencing record.

Ball was convicted of theft in a March 2006 incident in which she failed to return a 1997 Honda from a test drive to Heritage Highway Motors of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania State Police said.

In July 2006, police said she attempted to break into a St. Thomas, Pa., home and when a neighbor came over to investigate, Ball committed a burglary at the man's house.

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Police said the man saw a car in the driveway of a neighbor, who had asked him to keep an eye on the property while she was out of town. The man confronted an unknown woman, who then left, police said.

The man had a key to the house and went inside to see if anything had been stolen. When he came outside, he saw the car in his driveway and the woman drive off. The man found his checkbook missing when he went home.

When she returned to St. Thomas, the woman who had been out of town told her neighbor that she had gotten suspicious telephone calls before her trip. The caller said she was the woman's granddaughter, although the woman had no children.

The woman knew Ball's family in Fort Loudon, Pa., and suspected she was the burglar, police said. Her neighbor identified Ball from a photo as the burglar.

In August, the Quakertown (N.J.) Police Department told police in Pennsylvania that Ball had cashed one of the man's checks at a local car dealership for $36,758.48.

Along with the prison sentence, Ball was ordered to pay restitution of $285 to Heritage Highway Motors and $3,203.98 to Bobby Rahal Honda of Mechanicsburg, Pa., in another case for which she was not prosecuted.

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