Sentenced: Open-House Jewelry Thieves

They went to check out real estate, and checked out with things that weren't theirs.

home-for-saleMegan McCormick got three to six years, and Jeffrey Ridenour got 1 ½ to five years in state prison for stealing jewelry and other items from open houses last year in Limerick, East Norriton and Upper Providence. Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo told the Times Herald that the couple had a systematic burglary scheme. Here’s how one of the thefts went down:

“(The realtor) reported the couple walked around the second floor unsupervised for a short period of time and then exited the house,” East Norriton Police Sgt. David W. Boyer wrote in the arrest affidavit. “The thefts occurred on the second floor.”

It’s really sad, actually. Both had served time for burglary before, and were on parole. They have a child together. Now they’ll get mandated drug and alcohol counseling while behind bars.

Open house theft scheme in Limerick, East Norriton lands couple behind bars [Times Herald]