Alleged bust thief to go on trial


Here's a review of the Andrea Lawton case, Lawton, 47, of Mobile, Ala., is the former house cleaner who last year stole a bust of Benjamin Franklin that was valued at $3 million from a Bryn Mawr home. The charges she faces next week include burglary and criminal trespass.

Lawton had told Lower Merion Police that she took the bust because she was mad about being fired by the cleaning service that had employed her. She thought that if she stole the bust that homeowner George A. D'Angelo had told her not to touch, the theft would hurt her ex-boss' housecleaning service. D'Angelo said there were other missing items as well, including a framed picture of the comic musician Victor Borge and a conductor's baton.

Lawton also faced charges in federal court because she took the bust across state lines as she searched for someone to buy the bust. In December, she changed her plea to guilty on one count of insterstate transportation of sotlen property in exchange for U.S. prosecutors recommending that the cpount of stealing stolen property be dismissed.It does not appear that the second charge has been dismissed yet, according tp federal court documents. Lawton's sentencing in that case is scheduled for May 20. She faces as many as 20 years in prison for the two counts, and as many as 10 if the one count is dismissed.