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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Warrington men charged with crashing parties, stealing gift money
Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012 5:00 am
A pair of Warrington 20-year-olds were the ultimate party crashers, police say.
John Connor Adair and Perry Longo Jr. allegedly stole more than $9,500 in cash and checks at three events at two Northampton country clubs between April and June.
Police say that Longo would wait in a getaway car while Adair would walk into parties and steal — or attempt to steal — containers in which guests placed envelopes containing cash and checks for newlyweds or guests of honor, police said.
To blend in, Adair would wear a dress shirt, tie and jacket, police said. He’d even mingle with guests.
At a bat mitzvah, Adair was seen eating danish at the snack table set up for the young guests, Northampton Detective George Kelly said.
Two of the incidents occurred at Spring Mill Manor on Jacksonville Road — on April 28, when $650 was taken, and on May 19, when $1,850 in checks and $1,040 in cash were taken from a “bird cage” set up at a wedding reception.
The men allegedly committed another theft at the Northampton Valley Country Club on Newtown-Richboro Road June 1, during which more than $6,000 in cash and checks in a wedding gift box were stolen.
A wedding coordinator foiled another attempted theft there when she recognized Adair from video surveillance she provided police a week earlier after the first theft, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The coordinator followed Adair to the parking lot, where he left in a black Honda Civic, police said.
The Doylestown Police Department is also investigating similar incidents reported there, Northampton police said.
Adair and Longo were arraigned Wednesday before Northampton District Judge William Benz on 14 counts of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, receiving stolen property, attempted theft and related crimes. The charges are all third-degree felonies that each carry a maximum of seven years in jail.
Both men were released on $50,000 unsecured bail apiece, meaning they have to post the money only if they fail to appear in court.
Neither Longo nor Adair has a prior criminal record in Bucks County, according to online criminal records.