3 questioned in Marple Twp. burglaries

MARPLE TWP., PENNSYLVANIA - December 5, 2008

investigators have said that the home invasions have striking similarities. Wednesday night's attack happened on the 100 block of Fergeson Avenue in Broomall.

Police say the victim had just returned home from the restaurant her family owns on West Chester Pike in Upper Darby.

As she entered the home, two men attacked her and her 15-year-old who was inside. A third man was waiting out front in a car.

The victim believes she had been followed from the restaurant by her attackers, who got away with $1,500.

"Our biggest concern here is that business people have to be cognizant of their surroundings; they shouldn't be carrying large sums of cash and present themselves as easy targets," Chief Thomas Murray of the Marple Township Police said.

Marple Township Police believe this crime is connected to a nearby home invasion on Monday night on the 400 block of Hampshire Drive.

Police say three men dressed in ski masks and dark hoodies followed a couple home from their business in West Philadelphia around 9:00 p.m.

The men then entered the house through sliding doors, demanded money and bound the couple in their upstairs bedroom. They got away with cash and more.

"They took some other things, a fur coat, some jewelry were taken as they ransacked the house," Chief Murray said.

Police say in both incidents one suspect pulled out a black or silver pistol.

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