Bur­glar sen­tenced to prison time

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

A Lans­dale man, a ban­dit who tar­geted homes in sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, is headed to state prison in con­nec­tion with res­i­den­tial break-ins, some of which oc­curred around the Christ­mas hol­i­day.

Scott Joseph Neiswen­der, 27, whose last known ad­dress was in the 800 block of Shaw Av­enue, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to four and a half to 12 years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity af­ter he was con­victed of mul­ti­ple charges of bur­glary, at­tempted bur­glary, crim­i­nal tres­pass, theft by un­law­ful tak­ing and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber 2011.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who con­victed Neiswen­der of the charges dur­ing a non-jury trial, also or­dered Neiswen­der to en­roll in drug and al­co­hol treat­ment pro­grams while in the state prison sys­tem.

Neiswen­der also must pay a to­tal of $66,689 in resti­tu­tion to the vic­tims, homeowners who lived in Mont­gomery, Lower Gwynedd and Hat­field town­ships, and in Lans­dale.

Au­thor­i­ties said the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed Neiswen­der was in­volved in sev­eral thefts from homes in those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber.

Neiswen­der, for­merly of Rich­land­town, Bucks County, even at­tempted to bur­glar­ize a home on Avon­dale Drive in Mont­gomery Town­ship on Christ­mas Eve 2011, but ap­par­ently was scared off when an alarm was ac­ti­vated at the home, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Mont­gomery Town­ship De­tec­tive Ed­ward Davies.

Two days later, two bur­glar­ies were re­ported on Kent Drive in the town­ship, po­lice al­leged. A large amount of jew­elry stolen from one of the homes on Kent Drive was later sold by Neiswen­der to a lo­cal gold dealer in Lans­dale, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

An un­oc­cu­pied home on Thatcher Lane in Hat­field Town­ship was bur­glar­ized Dec. 27, and Neiswen­der was iden­ti­fied on the street by a wit- ness, po­lice said. Prop­erty stolen from the home was later re­cov­ered at Neiswen­der’s res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Neiswen­der was seen prowl­ing around a home on Morn­ing­side Drive in Mont­gomery Town­ship Dec. 30, po­lice said.

The next day, a bur­glary took place on Rose Lane in Lower Gwynedd Town­ship, and prop­erty stolen from that home was later re­cov­ered in Neiswen­der’s res­i­dence, po­lice al­leged.

“Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber 2011, the de­fen­dant was with­out an au­to­mo­bile and walked Shaw Av­enue in Lans­dale com­mit­ting day­time bur­glar­ies when no one was home,” Davies al­leged in the crim­i­nal com­plaint. “In mid-Au­gust, the de­fen­dant now had ac­cess to a ve­hi­cle and be­came mo­bile, com­mit­ting bur­glar­ies else­where in sur­round­ing ju­ris­dic­tions.”

Jew­elry and elec­tronic gam­ing sys­tems found by po­lice in Neiswen­der’s Shaw Av­enue home were later iden­ti­fied by vic­tims as hav­ing been taken dur­ing the re­ported bur­glar­ies that oc­curred be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber, po­lice said.

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