Accused wedding crasher thief pleads guilty

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - March 10, 2014

Joseph Patrick Franzone Jr. of Pottstown entered an open-guilty-plea Monday morning. Franzone now faces upwards of 12 to 24 year in prison at sentencing.

Franzone, 35, is accused of stealing thousands of dollars at two local weddings.

Montgomery County authorities charged Franzone in connection with the theft of a card box containing about $9,000 in gifts from a wedding on June 22, 2013, at the RiverCrest Golf Club in Upper Providence Township.

Franzone was earlier charged in the June 9, 2013, theft of a card box containing $3,000 to $5,000 in gifts that had been loaded into a car outside a reception at the William Penn Inn in Lower Gwynedd Township.

After reviewing surveillance video at the Inn, authorities noticed a man casing the reception area and parking lot. Police released still photographs from the video to local media, prompting a number of tips which led investigators to Franzone.

Investigators learned Franzone had borrowed his girlfriend's car on the day of the alleged crime. When officers searched the vehicle they found an envelope from two of the wedding guests.

Franzone later surrendered to the District Justice in Skippack Township.

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