Two net prison time for string of burglaries
Two Kittanning men have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to burglarizing seasonal homes, hunting lodges and vacant homes throughout western Pennsylvania and stealing loot estimated at more than $350,000, Jefferson County authorities announced Thursday.
Edward Turberville, 43, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison, and Glenn Toy, 45, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett and troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Punxsutawney Barracks said during a news conference at the barracks.
Turberville and Toy were accused of a string of burglaries that started in 1997.
They targeted unoccupied buildings in Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Somerset and Venango counties, police said. Most of the robber's targets were seasonal homes, hunting lodges, vacant farm houses and buildings in rural areas, state forests or campgrounds.
State troopers in Punxsutawney formed a task force to track down the burglars after several summer homes in Jefferson County were burglarized.
Troopers were patrolling Cooks Forest in Jefferson County in February 1999 when they saw a Ford F-150 pickup truck parked along a road. Investigators had found pickup truck tire tracks at the scene of some of the previous burglaries and thought the tracks most likely came from a Ford F-150, said Trooper Jamie Levier, public information officer for the Punxsutawney Barracks.
The troopers followed shoe prints to a nearby hunting lodge and found Turberville and Toy inside, Levier said. The two men ran from the troopers but were later arrested after troopers tracked them down where they were staying with friends.
Eight search warrants were obtained for areas in Kittanning Township, the borough of Kittanning, Manor Township in Armstrong County, and Penn Township in Butler County. Troopers inventoried more than 1,200 items found in those areas including antique furniture, glassware, collectibles, guns, tools, framed pictures, coins and jewelry, Levier said.
The items found had an estimated value of $250,000, Levier said. Troopers returned property to 75 people, but the two men sold more than $100,000 worth of items through an online auction service based in New Jersey, he said. Toy was sentenced Feb. 20, Levier said. Turberville had been sentenced in March 2001. Both men had pleaded guilty to burglary charges.