A Hellertown woman knew some relatives would be at her Main Street apartment hanging Christmas decorations while she was out of town for a few days last month.
But what she didn’t know was that one of the relatives, according to police, would steal at least $6,050 of her jewelry, court records say.
In fact, the suspect--Dylan William Cawley, 25, of Easton--told police he used a key that was in his mother’s possession to enter the apartment on three separate occasions Dec. 15, 16 and 17, the records say.
Cawley said he went to the apartment “in order to steal a large amount of jewelry each time," the records say. He also told police he sold the jewelry at several “cash for gold” shops in the Easton area.
A criminal complaint filed by borough Patrolman John Donato does not say how much Cawley received for the jewelry.
Donato said the $6,050 in jewelry was for just nine of 38 items that the woman listed as missing.
Cawley also told Donato that he entered the apartment a fourth time--this time with relatives--but did not steal anything that time.
The officer said he got involved in the case Monday morning, when he was dispatched to the woman’s apartment at the rear of a residence in the 1000 block of Main Street. The complaint does not explain the time gap between the alleged thefts and Donato’s involvement.
Donato talked to the woman, who said she was out of town Dec. 15 through Dec. 18 and noticed that “numerous pieces of jewelry were missing” when she returned.
Donato investigated the relatives she named and narrowed his probe to Cawley, he wrote in the complaint.
Cawley, who is listed in the complaint as unemployed and residing at 415 W. Nesquehoning St., was charged with three counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
He was arraigned Monday night by District Judge Joseph Barner of Lower Nazareth Township and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail.