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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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February 28, 2016 | By Chris Palmer and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
It started with a prayer and ended with a man in handcuffs. Police on Thursday arrested William C. Sides, 28, and charged him with repeatedly breaking into a Northeast Philadelphia church and stealing from its poor box. Sides was apprehended after two officers camped out in Our Lady of Calvary Church, at 11024 Knights Road, for nearly 48 hours and waited for him to return and attempt another break-in, authorities announced Friday. After he entered the sanctuary around 9 p.m., police said, the officers nabbed him as he tried to flee down the church steps.
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February 24, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A BUMBLING burglar who tried to break into a state trooper's home in Manayunk early Saturday didn't even get through the door before the trooper took him down and held him until other officers could respond, according to police. About 3 a.m., the 32-year-old trooper, who lives in the 4200 block of Main Street, heard a noise at his front door and went to investigate, police said. The trooper saw the doorknob turning, and when he opened the door, there was a man armed with a metal scraper, like those used on wallpaper, according to police.
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January 15, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Burlington County man has admitted stealing more than $2 million in items from homes in six South Jersey towns in 10 months. Darius Gittens, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and burglary charges and is to be sentenced March 3, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The Medford Township man admitted breaking into houses, mostly in upscale neighborhoods, in Evesham, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Haddonfield, and Voorhees. Many of the residences were near golf courses or wooded areas and were hidden from nearby properties.
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December 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT WAS A BIZARRE CASE, to say the least. In June 2014, a son of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell broke into a house near his family's Mantua home, stole an Xbox console and other electronics from the young men living inside, then returned a second time and ended up slashing one of the victims inside the house with a bayonet. Barron Alexander was then shot four times by another victim in the house, who had a license to carry a gun. Alexander had legally changed his name in 2012 from Barron Alexander Gosnell to Barron Alexander.
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December 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
He went so far as to legally change his name to escape the international notoriety of his father, the West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. What Barron Alexander could not change was the pressure of striving to do well in college as the son of a man dubbed a "monster" in charge of a "house of horrors. " On Monday, a Philadelphia judge accepted the assessment of Alexander's lawyer - a mental breakdown - and freed Alexander to begin eight years of probation for a June 2014 burglary of a house two doors from his mother's in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.
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October 2, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
JUST CALL HIM the Man of Steal. The fashion choices of one super-dumb criminal may have been his kryptonite, according to Upper Darby police, who said they captured a burglary suspect this week thanks to the man's penchant for wearing a Superman shirt while committing his crimes. Kyree Henneghan, 18, of West Philly, was charged with two counts of burglary and related offenses for the break-ins that occurred this week and last, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
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October 2, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than a year, a team of burglars has been breaking into pharmacies and ATMs across the city, making off with large amounts of cash and prescription drugs, Philadelphia police say. Now, the department is asking for the public's help in catching the men who have been implicated in seven burglaries and an attempted burglary so far - targeting four pharmacies and four ATMs since March 2014. Police say the burglary team is made up of three to four men who have struck all over the city - in Kensington, Overbrook Park, Fern Rock, Eastwick, University City, Manayunk, and the Far Northeast.
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September 24, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A NEPHEW of a Northeast Philadelphia woman who was strangled by her husband last year pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting to break into his aunt's house after she was killed. Steven Anderson, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy. Assistant District Attorney Lauren McHale told Common Pleas Judge Joan Brown that about 2 a.m. Aug. 13 of last year, neighbors saw Anderson and another man, Brandon Howard, trying to break into Connie and Christopher Murrays' house on Tolbut Street near Ashton Road.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN who last year burglarized an unoccupied house owned by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was sentenced yesterday to eight to 23 months in county jail with immediate parole. Edwin Diana had already served eight months in jail after his arrest last year before his family posted bail for him in November. With immediate parole, he does not need to return to jail. Diana, who was a family friend of the councilwoman, committed the burglary because of an addiction he had to Percocet and Xanax pills, said his attorney, Gary Silver.
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August 7, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
A young Cinnaminson man, facing gun charges locally, broke into a gun shop in rural Pennsylvania early Monday and then, authorities said, was shot dead in a soybean field as he confronted police. Authorities are still investigating why Joshua Malave, 18, stole a cache of weapons from the Horseshoe Pike Gunshop in Campbelltown. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said Wednesday that authorities were piecing together what had been going on in Malave's life that led up to the deadly shooting and "what his motivation was" that morning.
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