Man Arrested for 26 Jewelry Burglaries

Bensalem Police arrested a Levittown man who was charged with 26 counts of burglary, theft and related charges.

Bensalem Police arrested a Levittown man on Wednesday, Jan. 16 who was connected to 26 burglaries that started in early 2012, according to police.

Anthony Fanaro, 32, of Levittown was charged with 26 counts of burglary, theft and related charges after a yearlong investigation involving detectives from multiple municipalities throughout Bucks County, a police report said.

Fanaro is the last to be arrested from a burglary ring that began in 2012.

According to police, the burglary ring would break into unoccupied Bucks County homes and steal gold jewelry. The jewelry would then be sold at "Cash for Gold" stores in and around the Philadelphia area.

The burglary ring was mostly comprised of heroin addicts who were fueling their addictions with the proceeds from the burglaries, police said.

Fanaro's arrest and the previous arrests of his co-conspirators closed more than 40 burglaries in Bucks County.

Fanaro was arraigned at Magisterial Judge Leonard Brown and bail was set at $1 million or 10 percent bail.

Brian January 18, 2013 at 03:33 AM
If you or I was in possession of someone's property - quite simply - the police would charge us with receiving stolen property. Why not the pawn shops? How many GPS units can one person turn in.How many days/weeks in a row can the same person come in and pawn/sell jewelry without everyone in the room know what is going on. I will never understand why it continues every week.Maybe if a few politicians are directly affected by these thieves actions it will compel them to create laws to protect citizens. It isn't difficult. Picture ID for EVERY transaction. Force the pawnshops to hold ANY merchandise for 30 days before disposing of it. The same the cash for gold places. It would give time for people/police to find their stuff.
Florence Richards January 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Pawn shops & "Cash for Gold" places should have some restrictions as Brian suggested in his comment. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to install the means by which authorities can check & catch people who are trading away stolen property. These shops are helpful to the honest but on the other side are just "fences" for ill-gotten gains.
dawn January 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
totally agree
Marc Platt January 20, 2013 at 08:09 AM
I believe they do have such requirements already in place. Not all business that takes place iin the shops is criminals, just a certain percentage no different from craigslist I'd imagine.
Shalina January 21, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I've never trusted pawn shops at all. But I do frequent the cash for gold in Bensalem. They photo copy all id's and write a phisical description of the items being sold, just for this purpose. Trouble is, they still aren't legally responsible for anything stolen that they melt down, and you still won't be entitled to get your money back from them. Too bad insurance for these items is often too much for families like mine, who are barely living paycheck to paycheck.


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