Montgomery habitual, petty thief arrested again

A 23-year-old man faces more theft charges in Montgomery Township after Lansdale police arrested him earlier this month. The man currently has no home address, but a string of misdemeanor theft charges on his record. The latest incident involved the of credit cards from a parked car. He admitted to the crime and was arraigned in Montgomery Township and remains in Montgomery County Prison on probation violations.

This is the latest in a string of arrests and a slew of charges including:

  • theft by unlawful taking
  • theft of property lost
  • receiving stolen property
  • theft from a motor vehicle
  • theft by unlawful taking of moveable property
  • access device fraud
  • identity theft
  • defiant trespassing
  • use and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • allowing illegal use of a license plate

His court records show a plethora of charges and probation sentences throughout the past year. He also currently has three open cases in Bucks County regarding requests for special probation and parole supervision. This latest arrest is his fifth appearance in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

This man has not acted in any violent way and does not appear dangerous. He has admitted to all his misdemeanor theft charges and therefore only sentenced with probation. His luck may be running out, however. And he certainly needs a new line of work. Apparently, he is not a very good thief because he keeps getting caught.

But maybe that's the point. If you were homeless, the idea of three square meals and a bed to sleep in might be enough to drive you to commit small crimes too. Perhaps with a little intervention and some counseling, this young man can become a productive citizen in the future.

Source: Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch, "Convicted Thief Admits to Carrying Stolen Goods," Tony Di Comizio, July 10, 2012

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