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Hilltown police aid Montco authorities

Hilltown police helped Montgomery Township authorities resolve
two car break-in cases which  wrapped up last week with a
prison sentence.

Andrew Gordon, 34, whose last fixed address was in Virginia,
was sentenced Thursday to 11½ to 23 months in jail on two theft
from motor vehicle charges. He pleaded guilty in December.

Gordon also will have to serve a three-year probation sentence
after his parole time ends and pay $1,781 in restitution.

The first break-in was June 18 at about 8:40 a.m. at the
Genuardi’s parking lot in the 400 block of Sumneytown Pike,
Upper Gwynedd.

A man locked his car although he left the passenger side window
down when he popped into the supermarket. When he came out, he
discovered someone had stolen his wife’s $3,500 Louis Vuitton
purse from the front seat. The purse contained a wallet with
about $90 in cash and various credit cards.

While his wife began to cancel her various credit cards, she
found someone had unsuccessfully tried to use the card at a
Sears store in the Montgomeryville Mall but the transaction was
refused because the credit card was in a woman’s name.

Montgomery Township police received a call that same day around
noon from a man reporting someone smashed in the front
passenger side window of his car, stealing various items
including a laptop computer and a set of car keys.

At about 4:15 p.m. that same day, Hilltown police responded to
a report of a theft in progress from a vehicle parked at the
Walmart store in the 1500 block of Bethlehem Pike.

A witness reported a man, driving a gold Ford station wagon,
had broken a passenger side window and took items from the car.

Hilltown police, responding to the call, spotted the station
wagon and saw the driver, identified as Gordon, tossing a purse
out the window. The purse was identified as the one stolen from
the car in the Walmart parking lot.

Searching the car, Hilltown police also found the laptop
computer and car keys stolen in the Montgomery Township
break-in.

Surveillance video from the Genuardi’s parking lot and Sears
store also linked Gordon to the Upper Gwynedd break-in.

Gordon pleaded guilty in September to the Hilltown incident and
received a nine- to 23-month prison sentence. He was paroled in
Bucks on April 13 and transported to the Montgomery County
prison to await sentencing for the Upper Gwynedd and Montgomery
Township break-ins.

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