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Couple offered to do odd jobs for people, then burglarized them while they weren't home

Updated: Thursday, September 26 2013, 07:07 PM CDT
Posted by Nate Wardle

Mount Joy -- A Mount Joy pair has been charged for numerous burglaries, and police believe they were stealing large amounts of jewelry and pawning it for drugs.

The investigation started with burglaries that occurred on August 28 through September 13. 

Chad Eberly, 27 and Kristen Lumley, 29, both of Mount Joy, were charged for seven different burglaries in the Mount Joy area.

The first burglary occurred when a resident in the 4000 block of Green Park Drive in Mount Joy reported that suspects entered his home and took $2,300 worth of money and valuables.

The second burglary occurred in the 4300 block of Green Park Drive in Mount Joy where the suspects entered her home and took $80,000 worth of jewelry.

The third burglary occurred on the 3400 block of Green Leaf Drive in Mount Joy, where there victim reported that two unknown suspects stole $56,550 worth of jewelry.

The fourth burglary occurred at the same address as the second burglary, where the victim of reported having more items taken.

The fifth burglary occurred in the 4100 block of Green Park Drive in Mount Joy where the victim reported $8,309 in jewelry stolen from his home.

The sixth burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Weeping Willow Lane in Mount Joy where the victim reported $5,575 worth of jewelry stolen.  The seventh and burglaries also occurred at this residences, as two additional reports of thefts were reported.

The total amount of damage adds up to be over $150,000.

Through an investigation, the two suspects were identified for pawning large amounts of jewelry.  The jewelry matched some of the items stolen in the reported burglaries and some of the jewelry was identified.

The suspects had ties to numerous locations that were victimized because they did landscaping or odd jobs for all of the victims.  Many of the victims reported that the suspects would approach them and offer their landscaping services by handing out flyers.

Once familiar with the residents and their pattern of behavior, Eberly and Lumley burglarized the homes while they were not home.

Once in custody, both Eberly and Lumley admitted to their roles in the burglaries.  The couple also admitted to a residential burglary in Mount Joy.

Both told police they were having issues with using drugs and that is why they needed the money. 

“This particular couple committed 8 residential burglaries against people that entrusted them with working around their home.  They stole a total of $152,684 dollars from the victims and most likely received pennies on the dollar for the loot and used it for drugs."

"Drugs continue to be a cancer in our society and drive many crimes including our most recent experiences with multiple residential burglaries."

"If you have had these two individuals at your home doing work I would take an inventory of your valuables,” commented Chief Joseph Stauffer. 

Both Eberly and Lumley face 48 felony counts, eight counts each of burglary, criminal trespassing and numerous other charges. 
Couple offered to do odd jobs for people, then burglarized them while they weren't home

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