A Philadelphia man is facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged crime spree that crossed Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties in early January. The charges were upheld at the defendant's Jan. 24 preliminary hearing following testimony given by several witnesses regarding his alleged property and theft crimes.
According to the criminal complaint, the defendant is being charged with multiple counts of terroristic threats, criminal trespass, burglary, robbery and other charges. The initial complaint was filed by Abington; however, at the hearing it was amended to include complaints from Cheltenham Township and Bucks County.
Police say that the defendant reportedly carried out a car theft in Bucks County, a burglary in Cheltenham, an armed robbery in Abington and a car theft in Philadelphia. The spree allegedly began in Philadelphia around 3:10 a.m. on Jan. 10, when the defendant reportedly stole a vehicle outside a Casino located on Delaware Avenue. Just over one hour later, the same man allegedly robbed a convenience store at gunpoint in Abington, in the Elkins Park Section. Police say he stole the keys to the store and about 10 packs of cigarettes.
Around 10:30 a.m. an unlocked residence in the 1400 block of Church Road was reportedly burglarized, and a 2012 gray Honda Odyssey minivan, purse and car keys were missing. The alleged spree continued in Bucks County in Middletown Township. The Odyssey was abandoned there, and another vehicle was reported stolen. The next day, a home was also reportedly burglarized, and several items went missing from the residence.
A Philadelphia criminal defense attorney may be able to review a defendant's case to determine the likelihood of a conviction. Such a determination may rest on the amount of evidence and the number of witnesses that might testify. If a conviction at trial seems likely, an attorney may recommend that the defendant agree to a plea bargain.
Source: Montgomery News, "Charges upheld against Philadelphia man charged in alleged multi-county crime spree", Jarreau Freeman, January 24, 2014