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October 4, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
In Earline Robinson's line of work, the law usually is just an occupational hazard. Robinson, 63, is a professional con man, claiming to have been arrested in 48 states, according to the district attorney's office. At worst, say prosecutors, his scams have netted short jail stays. But yesterday, Robinson ran into Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein, who hacked off the twilight of Robinson's flimflam career. The judge already had convicted Robinson of burglary - instead of a simple theft - for trying to bilk a Wynnefield woman of $1,500 in 1984.
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September 2, 1989 | By Stephen Keating, Special to The Inquirer
A report of a road obstruction on Route 70 in Cherry Hill led to the arrest of eight youths who made their getaway from the scene of a burglary on bicycles, police said yesterday. The obstruction was a smashed cash register. According to police, the boys, ranging in age from 12 to 16, entered Christine's Hairstyling on Route 70 through an open side window shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday. They took $56 from the shop's cash register and then took the register out the front door and dumped it onto Route 70, obstructing traffic, police said.
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January 28, 1990 | By Peggy L. Salvatore, Special to The Inquirer
A burglary suspect was nabbed Jan. 19 as he was leaving a gold and silver store in Bensalem, where police said he had attempted to sell jewelry taken in a Doylestown Township burglary earlier in the day. A police detective was in the Suburban Gold Store in the Woodhaven Mall about 5:15 p.m. when the suspect, Dominic Infante, 18, walked in, police said. The plainclothes detective had a warrant for Infante's arrest in his pocket at the time. The detective secretly made a call to the Bensalem police station.
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November 3, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
Kendall Lee Hatfield, the Southwest Philadelphia man accused of killing Lower Merion police Officer Edward M. Setzer, was charged Friday a burglary in Berwyn on July 18. Hatfield, 23, of the 2500 block of Bonaffon Terrace, was taken from Montgomery County Prison to the District Court of Judge Armand A. Pomante in Paoli, where he was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment....
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September 27, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Michael Riordan, 24, was sentenced yesterday to 6 1/2 to 13 years in prison for breaking into the East Falls home of Municipal Judge Charles J. Margiotti Jr. Margiotti shot and wounded Riordan as he was climbing into the house from a window. Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola also sentenced Riordan to a concurrent 6 1/2 to 13 years for the burglary of a Northeast Philadelphia home in October 1989. Riordan, who pleaded guilty to both burglaries in June, was free on bail in the first case when he broke into Margiotti's home, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Sagel said.
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September 7, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man, who chased an alleged burglar from his home last Dec. 17 and shot him to death, was convicted yesterday of involuntary manslaughter. Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette told Randolph Coleman, 18, of Warrington Avenue near 55th Street, that killing Clifford Settle, 22, of Ridgewood Street near 60th, "was not justified. " The judge allowed Coleman to remain free on $15,000 bail and set sentencing for Dec. 17. "Attempt burglary doesn't warrant a death sentence," Assistant District Attorney Mary Futcher said.
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August 29, 1991 | By Judy Baehr, Special to The Inquirer
Three Merchantville men are facing a variety of criminal charges as a result of an investigation into several burglaries and thefts in the area, according to Police Chief Robert Ward Jr. Charged were James W.McAllister, 18; Shawn P. Frost, 18, and Erik C. Stillings, 18, all of the first block of Chapel Avenue. Charges were filed against them last Thursday after the three were arrested at their home. Ward said that between 3 p.m. Aug. 18 and 11:42 a.m. Aug. 19, the three broke into a car on Holly Avenue and took a car stereo, a briefcase and a calculator, valued together at $300.
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April 9, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia men received long prison sentences Monday after they pleaded guilty to fatally shooting an 80-year-old man during a burglary at his Southwest Philadelphia home in which they stole a laptop. Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi sentenced Sean Johnson, 20, to 35 to 70 years in prison, and Aaron Pitts, 22, to 20 to 40 years. A jury was about to be chosen Monday for the two men's trial. Instead, the pair pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, burglary, robbery, and related offenses in the May 2012 slaying of Joseph Fleming, 80, of the 6600 block of Yocum Street.
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January 14, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators on Saturday said that Jackson's mother had discovered on Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
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January 13, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writernarkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
WHILE DeSean Jackson was down in Miami, someone hit an illicit jackpot burglarizing his South Philly house. It's not clear how much was taken from the Eagles' star wideout, but he's offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the crime by tipping off police. Investigators said Saturday that Jackson's mother had discovered Friday night that his home on Pietro Way near Hartranft Street had been burglarized. Investigators believe the burglary happened earlier in the week, with a 9 mm handgun, more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry reported missing.
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January 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION For the third year in a row, the number of burglaries in Lower Merion Township rose in 2013, even as the number of cases solved dropped. Still, the burglary rate comes nowhere near the bulging tallies of the 1970s and 1980s, and especially the record-setting year of 1980. Year-end statistics provided this week by Lower Merion police show that 256 residential and commercial burglaries occurred within the township's 24 square miles last year. That's up from the previous two years, when police logged 195 and 185. "We feel the current increase is drug-fueled," Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath said.
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January 8, 2014 | By Mark Wagenveld, For The Inquirer
John and Bonnie Raines had gathered for dinner with their three young children that Monday night in Germantown. When the babysitter arrived, the couple said goodbye to the children, climbed into their Ford wagon, and drove west, toward Media. For weeks, the Raineses and others had been studying a four-story building across from the Delaware County Courthouse. This was the night they had waited for. While millions were distracted by a championship boxing bout, the crew would pull off the unthinkable: They would break into an FBI office and gather proof that agents had been waging a secret war on political dissent.
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October 17, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
RESIDENTS in West Philadelphia and University City should be on alert about a series of recent robberies in the area, mainly being committed by juveniles, police said at a community meeting last night. Residential burglaries in the 18th Police District are up 13 percent for the year, according to police data. In several of the recent break-ins, authorities said, the opportunistic criminals have taken advantage of unlocked windows or doors. Police arrested three juvenile suspects yesterday and an 11-year-old boy last week.
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September 16, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANTUA TWP. Lisa MacMullin found her son in the fetal position and wheezing on her bathroom floor, heroin in his veins, his eyes shut, lips purple, skin gray. It was the 21-year-old's third overdose at home in about a year. Each time, she rushed to his side, frantic. This time, his father dragged the wiry, 5-foot-11 young man out of the cramped bathroom to administer CPR. MacMullin was on the phone with 911, sobbing. Surely he was dying, she feared. But he survived, and then she kicked him out of the house.
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August 14, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A GROUP OF relentless bandits have hit 10 banks and pharmacies throughout the city since May, starting fires at some in the process, police said yesterday. At least $107,000 in cash was stolen in just three of the burglaries, according to police. In the latest incidents, police say a crew of at least five burglars cut power Sunday night to a Wells Fargo branch at 3rd Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia and to a shopping center at 15th Street and Packer Avenue with a PNC Bank ATM outside.
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July 5, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A serial burglar whose assault last month of a North Jersey woman was captured on a hidden nanny cam leaped out of a closet more than 20 years ago and pummeled another woman, dragging her by her hair, in a similar home invasion in Burlington County. Shawn Custis, 42, is being held on $750,000 bail in the Essex County Jail on attempted murder, robbery, and burglary charges after the June 21 attack in Millburn. The two attacks, years apart, appear to be bookends to a lengthy rap sheet.
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