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Bala Cynwyd Man Charged in 16 Main Line Burglaries Next Due in Court Jan. 4

Peter A. Masciangelo II, 35, has been incarcerated since Sept. 28.

A man charged in 16 burglaries throughout Lower Merion, Radnor, Tredyffrin and Upper Merion appeared Monday afternoon in .

Peter A. Masciangelo II, 35, of the 100 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bala Cynwyd was already being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges in one burglary, county records show. Judge Karen Eisner Zucker added $49,000 for the other counts.

Masciangelo waived his preliminary hearing and is next due in court Jan. 4 in Norristown.

When Zucker asked Masciangelo his age, the defendant waited a moment before replying, "Um, I was born in '76 ... 35. Sorry, I'm flustered."

arrested Masciangelo Sept. 28 after a burglary on Mallwyd Road in Merion, and the department announced Monday that Masciangelo—who was under surveillance, having been suspected in a series of burglaries dating back to the spring—has admitted committing 11 in Lower Merion, three in Radnor and one each in Tredyffrin and Upper Merion.

The departments from each municipality have cooperated in investigating the burglaries, Lower Merion police said.

The burglaries in Lower Merion occurred at the following dates and locations, Lt. Frank Higgins told Patch:

Date Street Section March 23 100 block Raynham Road Merion Station 200 block Righters Mill Road Penn Valley April 1 100 block Raynham Road Merion Station 200 block N. Bowman Avenue Merion Station April 22 100 block Orchard Road Haverford April 29 600 block Spruce Lane Villanova July 1 500 block Mulberry Lane Haverford Aug. 1 500 block Oriole Lane Villanova Aug. 13 300 block Millbank Road Bryn Mawr Sept. 9 200 block Righters Mill Road Penn Valley Sept. 28 300 block Mallwyd Road Merion Station

Lower Merion police announced that jewelry from the Mallwyd Road burglary and $300,000 in savings bonds stolen in the Haverford section of Lower Merion in July have been recovered after searches of Masciangelo's vehicle and home.

The dates and locations of the other burglaries have not yet been disclosed. 

Zucker also accepted guilty pleas from Masciangelo on six traffic or parking offenses and withdrew charges for two others: speeding in a school zone and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Dave Goldberg November 14, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Is this the guy who just walked into people's unlocked houses?
Mr. Wynnewood November 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM
"Is this the guy who just walked into people's unlocked houses?" Does it matter?
Eric Campbell November 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Just as two examples, according to police, a basement door was forced open in the July 1 Haverford burglary, while in the Sept. 9 Penn Valley burglary an unlocked garage door was entered.
Dave Goldberg November 14, 2011 at 11:18 PM
It does and it doesn't. A thief is a thief and glad he's caught... but an awful lot of people get burglarized because they leave their homes unlocked. Or their cars and bikes stolen because they are not locked.
Bella W December 04, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Everyone deserves his day in court before being condemned. Let the man have his trial before sentencing him yourselves. As I understand it, he is the father of two small children and was stealing to support a drug habit. I do not condone this behavior but I do believe that if he isnt given the proper drug rehabilitation....he may not have a chance to father his children. I hope the courts will consider a rehab for Mr. Masciangelo.

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