|Kevin Courtney Jr.|
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Lower Southampton cops: Thief busted 3 times in 25 days
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Kevin Courtney Jr. hasn’t learned his lesson, according to Lower Southampton police.
In the past month, the 31-year-old Philadelphia man has been arrested three times on theft charges in two townships — twice while out on bail from previous arrests.
Most recently Courtney was arrested in connection with a home burglary Friday in the 1400 block of Brownsville Road in Lower Southampton. The homeowner told police that someone broke into the house that morning and stole a 60-inch Sony Smart TV, an iPod Touch, several PlayStation game stations, a laptop computer and a BB gun.
Lower Southampton police checked with local pawn shops, and the owner of one said he received a call from Courtney, who was looking to sell a 60-inch Sony Smart TV and Sony headphones, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The store owner offered to buy the TV, and Courtney said he’d be at the store around 12:30 p.m. Friday, police said.
Around 12:45 p.m., Detective Shane Hearn saw Courtney park in front of the store, remove a large flat panel TV from his car trunk and take it into the store, court documents show.
Courtney was then taken into custody. The homeowner later identified the TV as the one stolen.
Soon after, Courtney was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Falcone on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $50,000 bail.
The burglary was the second Courtney allegedly pulled in Lower Southampton.
He was arrested on Sept. 30, after being stopped for not using turn signals on Old Street Road, for allegedly breaking into a home in the 600 block of Avenue C and stealing $140 and jewelry.
The car he was driving matched a description provided by the homeowner who found Courtney in her yard when she returned home, police said. Courtney had told the woman he was at her home looking to buy a computer, court documents show. The homeowner positively identified Courtney as the man in her yard.
Courtney, who is charged with burglary and related offenses in that case, was released from Bucks County prison after his bail was lowered from 10 percent of $25,000 to $15,000. The $1,500 was posted on Oct. 6, according to online court records.
Tullytown police arrested Courtney on charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property on Sept. 22; he was arraigned and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
On Tuesday, District Judge Robert Wagner also upped Courtney’s bail in the retail theft case to 10 percent of $5,000, according to online court records.
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