Pillowcase bandits arrested in burglaries

May 7, 2009 3:45:45 PM PDT
Lawmen say the bandits held up 70 suburban homes and then sold the stolen items for a fortune. The burglaries started around Labor Day in upscale, but remote, often wooded, neighborhoods.

What thieves stole ranged from guns to televisions.

Sometimes they would take pillowcases off beds and stuff them with everything from watches to pearls to cameras.

Police say it was the work of a father-son team, 41-year-old John Douglas Cartlidge Sr.and Jr.

Its alleged by January, Cartlidge Sr. had hit at least 72 homes in an arc across all four of Philadelphia's suburban counties.

The four month spree valued up to $500,000.

"They may hit multiple locations in one day and they would quit once they got enough of the items they needed in order to get the cash or trade for the drugs," Captain David Young of the Pennsylvania State Police said.

The targets of the burglaries were usually houses with empty driveways between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays when many people are at work.

Sometimes doors were forced open, sometimes not.

The DA says beside the father and son there is a third person of interest, 38-year-old Thomas Crossley of Upper Darby.

"We're looking for any information regarding any of these burglaries that in any way would involve Thomas Crossley," Delaware County District Attorney Mike Green said.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police.

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