George Washington Pleads Guilty to Burglary Spree
George Washington had been charged along with his brother in more than 100 burglaries, including several in Salisbury Township.
Accused burglar George Washington, who police said had broken into a gas station and other businesses in Salisbury over 15 months, pleaded guilty July 9, in Lehigh County Court, according to a Morning Call report.
Washington, 29, of Allentown, had been charged along with his brother with more than 100 burglaries and attempted burglaries in five counties, including Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Washington's brother, Angel Miguel Vargas, 31, also of Allentown, was sentenced in June to 20 to 40 years in jail for his role in the cases and ordered to pay $101,703 in restitution.
Washington's guilty plea eliminates the need for a trial, which was scheduled to start July 9, before Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos.
Washington is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22, the report said.
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.