2 arrests, 33 crimes possibly solved in Bensalem

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Two arrests in Bensalem, Bucks County may have just solved 33 crimes. (WPVI)

Two arrests in Bensalem, Bucks County may have just solved 33 crimes.

A pair of teenagers, accused of breaking into a home overnight, allegedly confessed to dozens of other incidents.

One victim spoke to Action News.

"I woke up, I couldn't sleep. I ran to get a book from my car and when I came out of the garage there was a man in my house. And so I screamed at him to get out of my house," said Michelle David.

It was 2:30 in the morning when David said she saw a shadowy figure near her front door. It wasn't either of her sons: they were sound asleep upstairs.

"Instinctively, get him out. That was my instinct, get this man out of my house," David said.

The man darted out of house as David called 911.

Police quickly responded and, after a brief search with K-9 units, arrested 18-year-old James Woodman, who was seen hiding in the nearby bushes.

Two stolen minivans were also recovered, and a 17-year-old suspect was in one of them. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

"Further investigation revealed that these guys have been on a tear all night. It appears that they went in about three dozen vehicles," said Lt. William McVey.

Police also recovered a stolen F-250 pickup truck. Stolen items were stashed in the vehicles, including phones, money, cameras, a laptop and more.

In most cases, all the thieves had to do was simply open a car door.

"Unfortunately it was quite easy. A lot of vehicles that were broken into were unlocked," McVey said. "It was easy for them to just walk down the street between midnight and, probably, their plan was to go to about five in the morning when the sun rose up," he said.

For David, who later realized her door was left unlocked by her younger son, it's a scary reminder that it never hurts to double check the doors and windows of your home.

"Now I'm getting cameras. I'm getting the alarm system back up again because your home is supposed to be your safe haven. No one should be able to walk into your home especially when you have children upstairs."

If you believe you were a victim, you can call police to try and recover your belongings. Call them at 215-633-3719
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