Article Launched: 02/27/2007 10:10:51 AM EST
A Hanover man has been charged with stealing more than $43,000 in jewelry from a Penn Township home in November, and selling it to pawn shops in Maryland.
Justin Morehead, 19, of 143 Third St., is charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was placed in York County Prison in lieu of $45,000 bail.
On Nov. 30, Penn Township Police were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Moore Drive for a reported burglary.
Two residents told police they believed that someone entered their home the day before while they were at work, and removed two jewelry and watch collections worth $43,247, according to court documents filed last month.
A chain lock was cut on a large jewelry cabinet and most of the jewelry items and a box containing several watches were missing, police said.
A third resident of the household told police that earlier that same day, Nov. 29, he had two males – including Morehead – enter the residence for coffee before the males took him to a job interview. He said he caught Morehead in the basement walking around, apparently "scoping out" the residence, police said.
The second male has not been charged in the incident.
Police said the residence was unlocked during the day, and Morehead and the other male failed to show up for their jobs and had the opportunity to return to the residence to commit the burglary.
Records show that some of the stolen items, including a 10-karat diamond/citrine ring, were sold to pawn shops in Maryland.
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