North Wales man faces jail time for theft at party

North Penn Life - - News - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@jour­nalregis­

A North Wales man faces jail time af­ter ad­mit­ting to his role in the theft of jew­elry and other valu­ables from the home of a friend while at­tend­ing a drink­ing party at the friend’s Mont­gomery Town­ship home.

John Nikol Ma­neos-Co­hen, 20, of the 500 block of Joshua Court, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to nine to 23 months in the county jail, to be fol­lowed by three years’ pro­ba­tion, af­ter he pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft by un­law­ful tak­ing and con­spir­acy in con­nec­tion with the July 2010 house party that went awry.

Pres­i­dent Judge Wil­liam J. Furber Jr. said Ma­neos-Co­hen is el­i­gi­ble for the jail’s work re­lease pro­gram but only af­ter he suc­cess­fully com­pletes a drug and al­co­hol coun­sel­ing pro­gram at the jail.

The judge pre­vi­ously or­dered Ma­neos-Co­hen to share with his al­leged code­fen­dant in the pay­ment of resti­tu­tion, es­ti­mated at be­tween $17,939 and $29,854, to the theft vic­tims.

That co-de­fen­dant, Alexan­der Ryan, 19, of the 200 block of Pennbrook Av­enue, Lans­dale, pre­vi­ously was sen­tenced to three years’ pro­ba­tion af­ter he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft by un­law­ful tak­ing and con­spir­acy in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan Aug. 8, 2010, when Mont­gomery Town­ship po­lice re­sponded to a home in the 100 block of Sun­rise Drive for a report of a theft. The homeowners told po­lice they had been out of town on va­ca­tion and when they re­turned they dis­cov­ered that the master bed­room had been ran­sacked and jew­elry val­ued at about $25,000 had been stolen, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

The hus­band and wife also re­ported that a 32-inch flat screen tele­vi­sion, val­ued at $778, was stolen from the bed­room, along with $300 cash.

The vic­tims sub­se­quently learned from their adult son, who had been stay­ing at the house, that he hosted at least one party while they were away.

“[The son] in­vited ap­prox­i­mately 15 to 20 friends. Al­co­hol was con­sumed at the party,” Mont­gomery Town­ship po­lice Of­fi­cer John McGready al­leged in the crim­i­nal com­plaint. “[The son] stated that he was in­tox­i­cated dur­ing the party and did not closely mon­i­tor the move­ments of the guests.”

The vic­tims’ son pro­vided po­lice with the names of those who at­tended the party and re­vealed that Ryan and Ma­neos-Co­hen at­tended af­ter be­ing in­vited by an­other guest, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

When po­lice con­fronted Ryan, he co­op­er­ated and con­fessed to en­ter­ing the vic­tims’ bed­room with Ma-neos-Co­hen and stated they stole jew­elry, a tele­vi­sion and cash, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that some of the jew­elry was sold to a store at the Mont­gomery Mall for cash and po­lice ob­tained re­ceipts for those trans­ac­tions that linked the men to the jew­elry theft.

When po­lice con­fronted Ma­neos-Co­hen about the theft, he al­legedly ini­tially claimed that he stole some jew­elry from his mother and sold it at the mall. How­ever, when po­lice searched a ve­hi­cle reg­u­larly op­er­ated by Ma­neos-Co­hen, they dis­cov­ered jew­elry that was later iden­ti­fied as be­long­ing to the Sun­rise Drive theft vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

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