Burglar who posted bail then broke into more homes; Jailed up to 14 years

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EAST LAMPETER TWP, Lancaster County,Pa-  A Ronks man will serve at least 7 years in prison for a series of house burglaries in East Lampeter Township.

David Humphries told officials he was addicted to opioids when he burglarized four homes, stealing small amounts of cash, electronics, and European currency.

Humphries, 35, will now serve 7 to 14 years in state prison.

In court Thursday, one victim told Humphries he hopes he can get back on the right path. As the man started to walk back to the courtroom gallery, Humphries apologized, and the two men shook hands.

Humphries pleaded guilty in March to felony counts of burglary regarding crime in May 2015 and August 2015. He was charged with the first burglary and jailed. He then posted $20,000 bail and committed the three other burglaries.

Assistant District Attorney Travis Anderson said one of the burglaries happened at 7 a.m., when occupant(s) could have been up and having breakfast. Fortunately, they weren’t awake and there was no confrontation. In that case, Humphries took $10 from a purse in a kitchen and fled.

Judge Ashworth said Humphries “selfishly disregarded the rights of the victims to feel safe in their homes.”

The sentence he ordered on the 7 a.m. burglary was at the high end of state sentencing guidelines.

Humphries has a prior burglary conviction from 2007.

He got little in the recent crimes, taking small amounts of U.S. currency, 170 Euros, an XBox game system, and a ring – engraved with the owner’s initials.