PHOTOS: Police seek owners of stolen items in Bucks, Montco

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
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SOLEBURY TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Police are looking for the owners of dozens of stolen items that were recovered after a burglary arrest.

Those items were laid out by Solebury Township police on Friday, ahead of a public event in which owners can claim their belongings.

That event will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Solebury Township Meeting Room at 3092 Sugan Road.

If you believe your items may be there, police say you must bring an incident report before you will be allowed entry.

Police say the recovered items, including jewelry, are worth between $150,000 and $250,000.

Police are looking for the owners of dozens of stolen items that were recovered after a burglary arrest.

"We definitely want to try to reunite it. There's items here that I believe would be very personal to some of these people, and I'm sure they'd like to have that back," said Cpl. Jonathan Koretzky.

The burglaries stretch back to March 30 and occurred in Solebury Township and Wrightstown Township in Bucks County, and Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County.

Nick Lezzi surveyed the couple hundred pieces of suspected stolen jewelry Wednesday, displayed inside the Solebury Police Department. His Gwynedd home was burglarized in May, and most of his wife's jewelry was taken.

"Mostly it was heirloom jewelry from her mother who died four months ago. A lot of it was jewelry from grandmother and grandfather who passed away," said Lezzi.

William Martin Dalton III, 35, of Bedminster Township, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property.

Police say surveillance video from a home in Solebury Township captured Dalton's vehicle pulling up on May 13, the day it was burglarized.

One woman, who doesn't want to be named, helped police catch Dalton.

She interrupted his alleged break in of her Whitemarsh home, and was able to get a partial license plate number on his vehicle.

Working with other departments, investigators quickly realized the same man was behind at least three other residential burglaries.

He allegedly pawned hundreds of items at five different pawn shops using his real identity.

"I'm very angry. I'm very angry, and at the same time I feel bad for the guy," said the woman.

That's because detectives suspect Dalton was stealing jewelry for a drug habit.

When looking at his mugshot compared to a photo we found on his LinkedIn account, Dalton appears to be a man that's spiraled downward. His LinkedIn account says he's a former drug and alcohol counselor.

"He's a walking casebook for why you don't wanna do drugs," said the woman.

The crime fighter says she recovered most of her jewelry, which was mostly inexpensive items, but still sentimental. Police say Dalton already pawned most of the valuable items.

Unfortunately, Lezzi wasn't very lucky.

"I was hoping we'd find something, at least one piece, but we didn't so that's it," said Lezzi.

Dalton is locked up in Bucks County prison on $350,000 bail. Police say he could be charged with more crimes as more victims come forward.

Police say victims recovered almost all of the jewelry they displayed Wednesday, and while they've only connected Dalton to four burglaries, that number is expected to climb.

"Right now we have four confirmed burglaries and were looking for additional ones," said Solebury Police Cpl. Jon Koretzky.