According to court documents filed in federal court, two Lancaster County brothers were arrested and accused of making off with nearly $300,000 in burglaries. According to reports, the brothers allegedly committed the burglaries by robbing businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for a 10-month period beginning in November 2013 and lasting until August of this year.
Authorities allege the two men, who are aged 36 and 38, entered the target businesses after conducting surveillance and disabling the alarm system. They would then allegedly return after the business was closed, entering and robbing the store's safe. The U.S. Attorney's Office indicated that the two took $200,000 from a safe in one burglary alone that occurred in Camden County.
Following their federal indictment on conspiracy and transporting stolen goods, the brothers were arrested to face their charges on Nov. 14. According to court documents, surveillance cameras from the businesses captured footage of the men. Prosecutors also indicate that cellular records tied the two to the burglary locations. Authorities are not releasing the names of businesses at this time.
When people are accused of going across state lines while committing crimes that interfere with interstate commerce, they may face federal felony charges. People who are accused of committing federal felony have the constitutional right to assert a defense against the charges. Since federal convictions are sentenced according to federal sentencing guidelines that can call for long prison terms, charged people may benefit by seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney who is admitted to practice in federal court. An attorney can help by evaluating the facts in order to devise a strong defense strategy, advocating in court on their client's behalf and through careful negotiation with the U.S. attorney prosecuting the case for potential plea bargains.
Source: Philly.com, "Brothers charged in $300K string of burglaries in Pa., NJ ", Emily Babay, November 14, 2014