Sunday, January 25, 2015

Former handyman charged with Lansdale burglary

Former handyman charged with Lansdale burglary

 

Police in Lansdale have arrested a former handyman and charged him with burglarizing a home in the borough where he had worked.

On Saturday, Lansdale officers served an arrest warrant on Jason Burg, 29, of the 800 block of Girard Avenue in Upper Gwynedd, following an investigation.

The initial call came in to police at 9:25 a.m. on July 9 when a witness reported seeing a man leaving the rear door of a home in the 300 block of W. Mount Vernon Street carrying a plastic jug filled with change. The homeowners were on vacation, police said.

Police said the witness described the man and the  yellow mountain bike he was riding. Officers looked for the cyclist without success.

But on July 15, Officer Joel Greco was patrolling the in the 200 block of S. Broad Street when he saw a yellow mountain bike and a man matching the description of the alleged burglar.

Police investigated and learned that Burg had worked at the house as a handyman, and knew both the layout of the home and the cars the homeowners drove. The witness identified Burg as the man he saw leaving the victim's home on July 9, police said.

Burg was arraigned before District Judge Christopher Cerski who set bail at $15,000 cash.

Burg was taken to the Montgomery County prison when he could post bail and held for a preliminary hearing at a later date.

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