George Washington Gets Jail for 100 Burglaries
George Washington of Allentown had been charged along with his brother in more than 100 burglaries in five counties, including several in Salisbury.
Burglar George Washington, who police said had broken into businesses in Salisbury Township and other municipalities over 15 months, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 1/2 to 60 months in jail, according to reports on lehighvalleylive.com and The Morning Call.
Washington, 29, of Allentown, had been charged in 104 burglaries and 12 attempted burglaries in Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties from October 2009 through January 2011.
Washington's brother, Angel Miguel Vargas, 31, also of Allentown, was sentenced in June to 20 to 40 years in jail for his role.
Among the locations were businesses in Salisbury, South Whitehall, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie, Bethlehem, Upper Saucon and Lower Nazareth townships, Bethlehem and Coopersburg.
Washington pleaded guilty to the burglaries in a negotiated plea in early July.
He told the court he took responsibility for the crimes, but later laughed and shook his head when the lengthy sentence, including restitution, was imposed, according to the reports. Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos called Washington "a danger" to the community. A prosecutor said he had been committing burglaries since age 12 or 13.
The burglaries and attempted burglaries, including several in Salisbury, took place from October 2009 through January 2011.
The brothers had faced charges for breaking into the Perkins restaurant, 3400 Lehigh St., Petco, 3300 Lehigh St. and Shell Quick Stop, 1132 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., where they smashed the glass front door, pried open two cash registers and stole $700 and 15 packs of Newport cigarettes.