Would have been 30 burglaries, but they encountered a lion

Harley Gifford
Harley Gifford (Upper Darby police)
Posted: September 16, 2011

A pair of lesbian lovers have admitted to burglarizing 29 homes but passed up one house where they encountered a lion, police said.

Harley Rose Gifford and Britney Singleton, both 19 and from the 7100 block of Marshall Road, in Upper Darby have been arrested, according to police who expect to charge them with the crimes when their initial investigation is completed.

They are currently being held on unrelated charges, according to court documents.

Police were continuing to check the home that reportedly held the lion.

"If we find a lion it will be a bigger story than this," said Michael J. Chitwood, superintendent of police.

The majority of thefts happened during daylight hours. The pair entered the homes through unlocked first floor windows. After they looted the houses, they either walked or took public transportation home, said Chitwood.

All of the homes were ransacked. In one burglary the pair left with a 55-inch flat screen television and lugged it back to their apartment.

Chitwood dubbed them the "Thelma and Louise bandits" and said they were lovers.

"They just enjoyed stealing," said Chitwood. "They used people's homes as their own private shopping center."

The burglaries occurred in the Cardington, Stonehurst and Bywood sections of the township and Lansdowne Borough. A burglary also occurred in Prospect Park Borough.

The women allegedly stole iPods, jewelry, toys, electronics, sneakers, makeup, purses, toiletries, household items, and about $23,000 in cash - not including Euros, Pesos, Lire and other foreign currency.

Police also recovered a hookah pipe and marijuana but, do not expect the original owners to claim those items.


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