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Just In: Philadelphia Man Arrested for Series of Burglaries in Lower Bucks Co

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A Philadelphia man has been charged with targeting 21 small businesses in a string of overnight burglaries across seven Bucks County municipalities.

David Anthony Andrauskas, 37, is accused of breaking into or attempting to break into 21 businesses in Newtown Borough, New Hope Borough, Middletown Township, Newtown Township, Upper Makefield Township, Bensalem Township and Bristol Borough between Jan. 12 and Feb. 8 when he was arrested at his home, officials said. 

The suspects arrest came several hours after he fled an early morning traffic stop, leading Bensalem Police on a brief pursuit during which Andrauskas’s vehicle accelerated to speeds well in excess of 100 mph, a criminal complaint says.  Officers during the stop had identified Andrauskas as matching the description of a man captured in still photographs committing a burglary at a business in the township three days prior, officials said.  Andrauskas’s vehicle, a silver 2001 Honda Accord missing a front hubcap, was also a match with the vehicle believed to be associated with the break in.  Andrauskas sped away from the stop as officers attempted to detain him.

Bristol Borough authorities filed warrants for Andrauskas, arrest last last week. 

Following his arrest in Bensalem, investigation implicated Andrauskas in a second burglary in the township as well as numerous break ins and thefts from businesses elsewhere in the county.

During the burglaries, investigators determined, Andrauskas broke open cash registers and left with the cash he found. He made off with $2,000 from one business, though his burglaries more often yielded a significantly smaller take if any cash at all, as in the reported incidents occurring in Bristol Borough. 

Andrauskas usually entered businesses overnight through a window by first removing an air conditioning unit or by otherwise breaking the window. 

Bristol Borough authorities filed warrants for Andrauskas, arrest last last week.

He has been charged with burglary or attempted burglary of the following businesses on the following dates:

New Hope:

Last Temptation, Jan. 21

Phantasm Comics, Jan. 25

Lion’s Den, Jan 31

Jan. 31 Surrender,

Jan. 31 Night Bird Vintage,

Jan. 31 Jaffron,

Bensalem 

Jan. 31 Belly Busters,

Feb. 5 Brodie’s Ice Cream,

 Bristol Borough

Feb 4 Annabella’s Restaurant,

Feb. 6 Chuck’s BBQ,

Upper Makefield Township

Dominick’s Pizza, Feb. 4

Newtown Borough

Shoe Café, Jan. 12

Clark’s Florist, Jan. 18

Studio 35 Salon, Jan. 23

Middletown Township

CJ Nails, Feb. 8

Giovanni’s Pizza, Feb. 8

Maple Deli, Jan. 28

Newtown Township

Green Straw, Feb. 1

Newtown Pizza, Feb. 1

Be Bronzed, Feb. 1

Bella Med Spa, Feb. 1

Though charged separately by police in each jurisdiction, the cases against Andrauskas have been consolidated for prosecution.

He is set for a preliminary hearing March 23 before District Judge Michael W. Gallagher. Andrauskas has been held in lieu of bail since his arrest Feb. 8.

These cases were investigated by the New Hope Borough Police Department, Bensalem Township Police Department, Bristol Borough Police Department, Upper Makefield Township Police Department, Newtown Borough Police Department, Middletown Township Police Department and Newtown Township Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bensalem Twp Fire Rescue Secures FEMA Grant to Enhance Firefighter Safety

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Bensalem Township Fire Rescue  announced the township has been awarded a $132,727.27 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant will allow the department to upgrade our aging Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), essential equipment that ensures firefighter safety in hazardous environments.

SCBA, commonly referred to as air packs, play a vital role in safeguarding firefighters by providing breathable air in smoke-filled or toxic atmospheres. The new SCBA units funded by this grant incorporate advanced technology and safety features absent in the old SCBA.

The grant funds will cover the acquisition of 14 SCBA harnesses, 28 air bottles, 14 facepieces, and a RIT pack.

 “The funding awarded by FEMA to Bensalem Fire Rescue will keep our firefighters safe and allow them to provide valuable services to our community.  We thank Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and his staff for their efforts to secure this much needed funding,” Public Safety Director William McVey said. 

“We are incredibly thankful to be awarded this grant which will allow us to replace our aging SCBA with the latest version of NFPA compliant SCBA. This equipment is crucial to the safety of our firefighters when responding to critical incidents. We greatly appreciate the continued support from Congressman Fitzpatrick and his staff in helping us obtain this funding,” said Battalion Fire Chief Robert Sponheimer, Bensalem Township Fire Rescue.

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Bensalem Seeks Info Who Walked out of Kohl’s with Hundreds in Merchandise

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A retail theft prompted an investigation by Bensalem Police who need to identify a female who allegedly left hundreds of dollars of merchandise,

Police said, the retail theft happened at Kohls, located at 2325 Street Rd., on July 9, 2024.

At approximately 3 p.m., an unknown female allegedly entered the store with a large blue shoulder bag and filled it with numerous shirts worth $636.00., said police.

The female fled the area in a dark-colored sedan without paying for the merchandise. police said.

Please look at them closely.

If you have any information regarding this person’s identity, please submit an anonymous tip or contact Bensalem Police at 215-633-3719.

 

 

 

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Bensalem Con Artist who Caregiver Who Faked Cancer Diagnosis Stole from Patients and Families Sentenced

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A 48-year-old woman was sentenced on Wednesday for stealing thousands of dollars in money and heirloom jewelry from the families of two elderly women she cared for and then submitting fake medical documents claiming to have stage 4 esophageal cancer so that she could delay her trial.

Shannon Lynn  Eberhartof Bensalem, also pleaded guilty today to the charges of unlawful use of a computer and two counts of identity theft related to the submission of fraudulent documentation. In March, she pleaded guilty to two counts of financial exploitation of an older adult or care dependent person, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, and one count each of identity theft and access device fraud.

Common Pleas Judge Gary B. Gilman sentenced Eberhart to one year minus a day to two years minus a day in the Bucks County Correctional Facility, followed by a consecutive sentence of 11 years of probation. He called her actions “despicable and unfathomable,” and an unending betrayal to those who trusted her.

“You are nothing but a con artist who deceived the people who cared for you,” he said. “You betrayed every cancer patient, you betrayed the court system, you betrayed your attorney,” said Gilman, who questioned whether Eberhart’s courtroom tears were real, or just another of her deceptions.

In addition to her jail and probation rerquire4ment6s , Gilman ordered Eberhart to pay $32,835 in restitution to three victims, undergo mental health and drug and alcohol treatment and never again work as a caregiver.

Eberhart was initially charged in late February 2023 following an investigation by the Newtown Township Police Department that revealed that she stole jewelry and cash from two women she worked for as a caretaker. Additionally, the investigation found that Eberhart made unauthorized withdrawals from one of the victim’s bank accounts.

Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber said shortly after being employed, Eberhart started stealing from right under their noses.

“It was not about the monetary value,” he said. “These were pieces of heirloom jewelry handed down from generation to generation, now gone.”

Eberhart waived her preliminary hearing and formal arraignment, and the case was scheduled for pre-trial conference on three different occasions. A month before a scheduled court hearing in December 2023, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office received a medical document from Eberhart’s public defender, who had received it from Eberhart to support her continuance request.

The letter, which appeared to have come from a Montgomery County hospital, claimed Eberhart had stage 4 esophageal cancer and needed further treatment.

Bucks County detectives contacted the two doctors named in the letter and both said they never authored the letter and never treated Eberhart. Representatives of the hospital also confirmed that the letter was fake and contained several inaccuracies, including the official name of the hospital and its logo. The two doctors named in the letter also never worked at their hospital.

The investigation by Bucks County Detectives found that the letter was clearly written using a computer, as it contained a digitally created logo and headers, footers, and margins. Additionally, the investigation found that Eberhart emailed the fake letter to her attorney, who in turn submitted the letter to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

The families of the victims gave impact statements about how Eberhart’s deceitfulness affected them, not just financially, but emotionally. Both families knew and trusted Eberhart before she was hired to work as a caregiver for their elderly mothers. During their brief time working for the families, they grew to care for her.

One of the families said they grieved with Eberhart and gave her flowers and condolences when she told them her mother passed away, but that was another of her shameful lies. Eberhart’s mother was in court on Wednesday.

“Shannon’s actions here are unforgivable,” one of the victims said. “These pieces of jewelry tell stories of my family, past and present, and can never be replaced.”

Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber called the “theft from the elderly, especially by people entrusted to care for them,” a major problem.

“The Defendant compounded her crimes against the elderly by attempting to continue her manipulation in the Court system. She failed, but not for lack of trying,” he said. “This case should be a lesson to those who are in positions of trust for elderly or disabled individuals.  That trust should be upheld at all costs.  If you make the decision to violate that trust, you will be caught, you will go to jail and further attempts to manipulate the legal system will fail.”

“The effects of elder financial abuse are incredibly tragic and long lasting for the victims and their families,” Furber said. “But if there was one bright spot to the Defendant’s actions, it is that those actions demonstrated the strength of our legal system in Bucks County. We are ready to combat falsity, dishonesty and misinformation with the shining light of truth and justice.”

These cases were investigated by Detectives with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, Newtown Township Police Department and Warminster Township Police Department. They were prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marc J. Furber, Chief of Insurance Fraud and Economic Crimes.

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