Burglary Ring Busted by Multi-Jurisdiction Task Force
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath, Abington Police Chief Patrick Molloy and Cheltenham Police Chief John Frye gathered Friday morning to announce charges against Leroy Boose, 57, of Willingsboro, N.J., and Anthony McDaniels, 50, of Philadelphia, for burglarizing 50 residences throughout three southeastern Pennsylvania three counties—Montgomery County (38 burglaries), Delaware County (6 burglaries) and Philadelphia (6 burglaries)—between April 2017 and February 2018. Common categories of items stolen from homeowners were jewelry, electronics, antiques, clocks, musical instruments, taxidermy, artwork and G.I. Joe collectibles, with the victims in the charged burglaries suffering a financial loss estimated to be more than $1 million.
The Montgomery County DA’s Office will prosecute all 50 burglaries. Boose and McDaniels were arrested on Feb. 11, 2018, in connection with four burglaries and have been held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility since. Today, additional charges related to 36 additional burglaries and two attempted burglaries were filed against Boose, and 41 additional burglaries and two attempted burglaries were filed against McDaniels. The two defendants are charged with multiple felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night, and related charges. The charges come after a lengthy investigation involving a multi-jurisdictional task force investigating the series of burglaries, led by Abington Township, Lower Merion Township and Cheltenham Township Police departments found that the burglaries followed a common modus operandi. The burglaries generally occurred between dusk and midnight, with various methods of entry. Several houses in close proximity were typically burglarized on the same night. Homes without lights on or without a car in the driveway were targeted. In most cases, bedrooms were ransacked, with jewelry taken and a homeowner’s own pillow case used to carry the stolen goods. The Task Force investigation drew parallels with a string of burglaries from 2010, which led law enforcement to the defendants.
On Feb. 10, 2018, law enforcement was surveilling the defendants when they were observed burglarizing a residence in Lower Merion Township. Members of the Task Force intercepted the defendants and arrested them. Cell phone data was developed that placed the defendants in the location of the burglaries at the time of their occurrence.
Today’s announcement of the arrests also included information about the creation of a website that catalogs more than 1,000 pieces of evidence recovered from the defendants’ residences and storage facilities. Photos of the stolen items are displayed on the website to allow burglary victims to look for their stolen property.
“We believe these individuals may have been involved in additional burglaries, and sharing the photos of the stolen items—from jewelry to taxidermy—is not only the right thing to do to help victims recover their property, but it also could help us locate additional burglaries tied to the defendants,” said Steele.
The County’s web site for the recovered items can be accessed by clicking here.
TO BURGLARY VICTIMS
If you’ve been a victim of a burglary where jewelry, electronics, coins, artwork, clocks, antiques, taxidermy, precious metals, firearms, or any other personal item were stolen, please review this website’s descriptions and photos of the thousands of pieces of items recovered during a regional burglary ring investigation. All of these photographed items are evidence in a criminal case against two defendants who are charged with committing 50 burglaries of homes in Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, as well as other possible burglaries across southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 2015—2018, and possibly earlier. Law Enforcement officials believe these defendants may have been involved in additional burglaries during that time frame and possibly in other locations.
To search for stolen property, victims can access the website in several ways. The direct address is https://www.montcopa.org/3021/Burglary-Website. The website can also be accessed from links on the home pages of the Montgomery County DA’s Office (www.montcopa.org/da), and Lower Merion Police (www.lowermerion.org/services/police-department). More than 1,000 photos are organized by category.
What do you do if you discover what you think is your stolen property?
Contact Lower Merion Police Officer Dwight Kondravy via email at DKondravy@lowermerion.org or at 610-645-6234. Please be prepared to provide; 1) the specific number listed in the body of the photo; 2) a brief description of the item; 3) the image name on the website; and 4) the name of the police department that investigated the burglary/incident.
Remember, any individual who contacts police will be asked to provide a sworn or written statement. False reports related to this investigation, such as any false reports to police, are subject to prosecution under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code (False Swearing, Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities).
Boose and McDaniels were arraigned Friday morning (June 8, 2018) before Magisterial District Judge Karen Eisner Zucker, who set bail at $1 million each. In total, Boose is being held on $3 million cash bail, and McDaniels is being held on $2.75 million cash bail. Both defendants waived their preliminary hearings. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Scott Frame and Evan Correia. CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.