Burglaries Rose In Lower Merion In 2013

Location of Lower Merion Township in Montgomer...

Location of Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The number of burglaries in Lower Merion Township rose in 2013 for the third straight year and last year’s tally was the highest in the last decade.

Still, earlier history offers one point of comfort: At least it’s not 1980.

Year-end statistics released this week by Lower Merion police show that 256 residential and commercial burglaries occurred within the township’s 24 square miles in 2013. That’s up from 2012, when there were 195 burglaries and from 2011’s total of 185.

“We feel the current increase is drug-fueled,” police superintendent Michael J. McGrath said. Many burglars, he said, sell what they steal for money to buy drugs.

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Concern Rises Over Break-Ins In Philly’s Suburbs

Debbie Campolo’s husband came home one day in February to find the front door of their house in Radnor smashed open. The target was clear – her jewelry box sat empty on the bedroom dresser.

“They took everything I had, even the stuff my kids made me,” said Campolo, a physical therapist who lives near Overbrook Golf Club.

Then she talked to three or four neighbors and workout pals who said the same thing had happened to them. And she found out that a few weeks before her break-in, a house three doors down had been hit the same way.

“They come in, pull a pillowcase off of a pillow, and then they dump the contents of a jewelry box right in it,” Campolo said.

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