Woman ad­mits to bur­glary con­spir­acy

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

A New Hanover woman will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for sev­eral years after she ad­mit­ted to con­spir­ing with a man who com­mit­ted a string of res­i­den­tial break-ins in cen­tral Mont­gomery County.

Emily Ann Gal­lagher, 24, of the 500 block of Swamp Pic­nic Road, was sen­tenced in county court to 50 days al­ready served to 23 months in the county jail and 24 hours of community ser­vice after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween Fe­bru­ary and March 2016.

Judge Gar­rett D. Page also or­dered Gal­lagher to com­plete five years’ pro­ba­tion after she’s paroled, mean­ing Gal­lagher will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about seven years. Gal­lagher also must un­dergo a drug and al­co­hol eval­u­a­tion and com­ply with any rec­om­men­da­tions for treat­ment, the judge said.

In court doc­u­ments, de­tec­tives re­ferred to Gal­lagher as the “look­out” and the per­son who drove bur­glar Ben­jamin Troy Lopez to some of the res­i­dences that were bur­glar­ized in Lower Prov­i­dence, Lower Fred­er­ick and Fran­co­nia town­ships.

Gal­lagher, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Lower Prov­i­dence De­tec­tive Sgt. Ter­rence Kennedy, told au­thor­i­ties Lopez would call her and ask her to drive him to a house so he could com­mit a bur­glary and she would pick him up and drop him off “for the sole pur­pose of him com­mit­ting a res­i­den­tial bur­glary.”

“Emily Gal­lagher said Ben­jamin Lopez would com­mu­ni­cate to her via cell­phone on instructions of where to meet him after com­mit­ting these bur­glar­ies. Emily Gal­lagher said after these bur­glar­ies they would drive to Philadel­phia where they would sell the jew­elry for cash and use the stolen U.S. cur­rency to pur­chase heroin,” Kennedy al­leged in court pa­pers.

Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate de­tec­tives also ob­tained sur­veil­lance video from an area pawn shop that showed Gal­lagher and Lopez pawn­ing watches al­legedly stolen dur­ing one of the bur­glar­ies.

In March, Lopez, 24, for­merly of the 1500 block of Gravel Pike in Perkiomen, was sen­tenced to six to 20 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of bur­glary and theft by un­law­ful tak­ing in con­nec­tion with the breakins.

Lopez and Gal­lagher must share in the pay­ment of about $9,500 in resti­tu­tion in con­nec­tion with the crimes, court records say.

All of the bur­glar­ies oc­curred dur­ing the morn­ing hours and jew­elry and cash was taken dur­ing the break-ins, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Win­dows were forced open or smashed by rocks in or­der to gain en­try to many of the homes, court doc­u­ments in­di­cated.

One of the bur­glar­ies was car­ried out while the homeowner was in the shower.

De­tec­tives got a break in the case when in March 2016 they con­ducted checks of area pawn shops and linked Lopez and Gal­lagher to a sale trans­ac­tion in­volv­ing two stolen watches, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. With the help of store sur­veil­lance video de­tec­tives were able to iden­tify Lopez and Gal­lagher.

When con­fronted with the al­le­ga­tions, Lopez ad­mit­ted to the break-ins and told de­tec­tives he ei­ther sold the jew­elry on the streets of Philadel­phia or sold the items at area pawn shops.

It’s not the first time Lopez has been in trou­ble with

the law.

In Jan­uary 2014, Lopez, then 21 and of the 1000 block of Ceme­tery Road in Skip­pack, was sen­tenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail, plus eight years of pro­ba­tion, after he pleaded guilty to mul­ti­ple felony counts of bur­glary and at­tempted bur­glary in con­nec­tion with breakins that oc­curred be­tween Fe­bru­ary and June 2013. Those Perkiomen Val­ley area bur­glar­ies net­ted Lopez about $28,400 in stolen goods, pros­e­cu­tors said at that time.

The 2013 bur­glar­ies or at­tempted bur­glar­ies oc­curred at res­i­dences in Sch­wenksville Bor­ough and Lim­er­ick, Skip­pack, Perkiomen, Up­per Sal­ford, Lower

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