Police: Drexel student pawned loot

A Drexel University freshman has been accused of pawning thousands of dollars worth of jewelry he stole after breaking into a Tredyffrin Township home on Monday, police said today.

Erik T. Mahal, 19, of Berwyn, was charged with burglary and related offenses; Tredyffrin Township police said he forced entry into a home in the 200 block of Homestead Road in Strafford during the daytime. The homeowner reported that more than $15,000 worth of jewelry was taken. Police began calling local pawn shops, and found one that had just paid $700 for some of the items, said Tredyffrin Det. Brian Hughes. He said some items have not yet been recovered.

Mahal, identified on his Facebook page as an actuarial science major at Drexel and a 2011 graduate of Conestoga High, was arraigned this morning before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio, who set bail at 10 percent of $10,000, which Mahal posted. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 28. Hughes said the investigation is continuing; anyone with information is urged to contact him at 610-644-3221.

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