A Franconia Township man has been arrested by Hatfield Township Police as the alleged culprit in numerous daytime burglaries in Hatfield Township, Franconia Township and Horsham Township.
Ryan Weeks, 31, of the 100 block of Forrest Road, Franconia, has been charged by police with 44 charges related to burglaries in our area.
Weeks faces eight felony counts of burglary, eight felony counts of criminal trespassing, eight counts of felony theft by unlawful taking, eight counts of felony receiving stolen property, 10 counts of use or possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of criminal attempted burglary.
A preliminary hearing is set for April 12 at 2:30 p.m. before District Judge Ken Deatelhauser.
Bail has been set at $100,000 straight cash. Weeks was arraigned April 4 before Deatelhauser and remanded to Montgomery County prison in lieu of bail.
Police said Weeks admitted to Hatfield Township detectives that he was responsible for numerous burglaries throughout Hatfield, Franconia and Horsham townships.
Police said the investigation is ongoing as Hatfield Township Police is in possesson of several hundred pieces of jewelry and assorted coins with unknown ownership.
Hatfield Township Police said the township had experienced multiple daytime residential burglaries, beginning in late January.
Through the investigation, it was determined that neighboring jurisdictions were also experiencing similar burglaries.
Police said Weeks was identified as a suspect after analyzing evidence left at one of the burglary scenes, police said.
On April 3, a burglary task force conducted surveillance and followed Weeks to a pawnshop in Philadelphia where Weeks was seen selling a large quantity of female jewelry, police said.
Week was arrested later in the day while traveling in Hatfield Township.
Detectives searched Weeks’ home and vehicle and found suspected stolen jewelry, coins and small antiques, police said.
The burglary task force was formed with officers from Hatfield Township Police, Lower Salford Police, Telford Borough Police and Whitpain Township Police.
Victims of recent daytime burglaries who reside in jurisdictions near Hatfield Township are encouraged to contact the local police department in order to view recovered stolen property.
Weeks has an active case in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. He is charged with DUI with a controlled substance and DUI with impaired ability – both first offenses – and careless driving and speeding, according to court documents.
Weeks was arrested by Montgomery Township Police in Dec. 2011.
He is awaiting a pre-trial conference on May 14 at 9 a.m. in county court.