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After tri-county crime spree, couple facing burglary charges

LOCK HAVEN — An out-of-town couple that went on a three-county crime spree are facing charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Taylor DeWitt, a 22-year-old college student from Quakertown, and Shayne Krail, 25, of Norristown, began their spree on or near June 29, when they stole a Ford car–possibly an Escort or Focus–from Radnor Township, Pa., in Delaware County where DeWitt attended college.

The couple sped toward Clinton County, where they broke into the house of a 74-year-old man — who may have been DeWitt’s grandfather — on Grouse Drive in Gallagher Township. The home owner was not in the house at the time and had not consented to anyone being in his home, state police at Lamar said.

Once there, DeWitt and Krail stayed in the house for a week without the owner’s knowledge. Then, they stole his Cadillac Escalade, some jewelry, ammunition and 28 firearms from his residence, state police said.

On July 6, they headed back east toward Philadelphia in the stolen Cadillac Escalade.

But Norristown Police stopped them in Norristown close to noon on July 8 for driving the stolen car. Upon searching the car, they recovered bullets and other items taken from the house in Gallagher Township. Police also found a set of keys to a Ford Escort or Focus, said Lt. Todd Dillon of the NPD.

DeWitt and Krail were booked in Montgomery County on charges of receiving stolen property. They are both jailed at the Montgomery County Prison, with DeWitt on $10,000 bail and Krail on $50,000.

Police are still looking for the stolen firearms. Lt. Dillon said his department sent information to the state police gained from DeWitt and Krail about the possible whereabouts of the guns.

The couple faces the rest of their felony charges in Clinton County. Krail had been scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge John Maggs on July 17 for a preliminary hearing. DeWitt’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7, also in front of District Judge Maggs.

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