2 men charged in string of Philly area burglaries

'They took instruments, they took jewelry, they took antiques, they took statues, they took taxidermy.'

Jim Melwert
June 08, 2018 - 12:55 pm
items taken in a strong of burglaries

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LOWER MERION, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Two men accused of being the masterminds of 50 burglaries in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties are under arrest.

Leroy Boose, 57, of Willingboro, New Jersey, and Anthony McDaniels, 48, of Philadelphia are each charged with dozens of counts of burglary of homes in Lower Merion, Cheltenham, Abington, Drexel Hill, Haverford, Havertown and Chestnut Hill.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says they started seeing the break-ins around April 2017 and noticed a similar style, not only in how they broke in or what homes they targeted, but also in what they took.

“They took instruments, they took jewelry, they took antiques, they took statues, they took taxidermy,” Steele said.

items taken in a string of burglaries
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According to charging documents, items stolen from the homes were found in a packed storage unit, and cell tower records show the men’s phones were around the homes that were broken into.

Steele says the duo is suspected in other burglaries that remain under investigation.

Montgomery County has set up a website in hopes of re-uniting the stolen goods with their rightful owners.