Lawton was arrested Sept. 21 in Elkton, Md., as she got off a bus carrying the bust, a 25-pound, 28-inch-high piece made in 1778 by Jean-Antoine Houdon while Franklin was visiting Paris.
But the saga of Ben's bust began the previous month, Lawton told police, after the owner of the Bryn Mawr home fired her.
Lawton said she wanted revenge and so took the one thing that she was warned never to touch - the plaster bust.
Police released those details at a preliminary hearing in Lower Merion several days after Lawton's arrest. At the time, police released an interview in which Lawton said she had an accomplice, a man who broke into the house while she waited in a car.
According to a police statement, the accomplice broke into the house of lawyer George A. D'Angelo by kicking out an air conditioner. The male accomplice grabbed the bust in the drawing room.
But the plan was foiled when a car pulled into the driveway as the thief went back into the house to steal the pedestal the bust stood upon, according to Lawton's statement. Lawton and the accomplice fled, but not before the car's occupants recognized her.
Lawton said she left the bust overnight in a trash bin outside an apartment building near 31st and Parrish Streets. Facing arrest, she fled to a relative's home in Mobile.
Frightened, she hopped on a Greyhound bus. She was arrested as she got off.
The bust was recovered, but it was cracked.
Lawson was returned to prison in Philadelphia with bail set at $1 million.
Authorities are still searching for a another item stolen during the burglary - a shadow box with a picture of operetta composer Victor Herbert and his baton.