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Patrick Quinn and Kelly Cunningham charged in 76 burglaries of vacant homes for sale

Published On: Aug 14 2013 09:00:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 15 2013 01:24:21 PM CDT

Police say they've caught a couple who went on a major crime spree.

Police said they've caught a couple who went on a major crime spree.

The two are accused of breaking into 76 homes in four different counties.

Investigators said the crimes started Nov. 24, 2012, and went on until May 23, 2013, and the couple broke into the homes between the hours of 11:45 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The couple, Patrick Quinn, 27, of 2131 Riverside Dr., Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co., and Kelly Cunningham, 22, of 1843 Nancy Lee Court, Hellertown, Northampton Co., were going into homes that were for sale and stealing copper pipes, copper fittings and valves, and brass fittings and valves, said police, adding that the suspects would then sell the items to scrap yards.

"We are seeing a lot because when you look at the metals, metals are worth a lot of money today," said Sam Ruta, an associate broker at Prudential Choice Properties. "They can go and get a lot of money for dumping pounds and pounds of copper."

During the six-month crime spree, the couple burglarized 76 homes and had one attempted burglary, according to police records.

Twenty-five homes were in Lehigh County, 47 in Northampton County, one in Carbon County and four in Bucks County.

"It's more than I've heard and I have been doing this for over 30 years," said Ruta.

Investigators said the couple would look up real estate listings on their computer or their phone and then put the address in a GPS. Once they arrived, they got out and burglarized the place.

"I actually wanted to take action myself," said homeowner Mark Burke. "Go to the cops and everything but it was out of my hands. It wasn't my house at the time."

Burke moved into his home just four months ago. It was burglarized at the worst time.

"The copper was stolen maybe three weeks before the closing and it really put a damper on everything because it just slowed down everything," said Burke. "It actually set back the closing on the house. I was really disappointed."

Police said the suspects got away with a little more than $205,000 before being caught when an alert scrap dealer called the police.

"Good thing that the community is looking out for what people are doing," said Trevor Watlington, who lives next to one home in Northampton County. "Seeing something is wrong and reporting about it."

Quinn and Cunningham were each charged with 76 counts of burglary, criminal trespass and three other charges.

The following is a list of burglaries and one attempted burglary:

Lehigh County – 25

? 702 Spring St., Bethlehem
? 2590 Saucon Valley Drive, Upper Saucon Township
? 7757 Center St., Washington Township
? 1521 Farm Lane, Bethlehem
? 5790 Main St., Upper Saucon Township
? 5196 Price Ave., Upper Saucon Township
? 435 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall Township
? 714 Fifth St., Whitehall Township
? 4530 Pleasant View Drive, Upper Saucon Township
? 1455 Limeport Pike, Lower Milford Township
? 4818 Spruce St., North Whitehall Township
? 6066 Sweetwood Drive, Lower Macungie Township
? 177 Spruce St., Emmaus
? 4726 Kernsville Road, North Whitehall Township
? 1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Emmaus
? 3413 Lehigh St., Whitehall Township
? 3246 Route 309, North Whitehall Township
? 720 Keystone Ave., Bethlehem
? 4 N. Fourth St., Coplay
? 4837 Main St., Whitehall Township
? 109 S. Ninth St., Coplay
? 1083 Sixth St., North Catasauqua
? 1832 Lamplighter Dr., Lower Macungie Township
? 1215 N. 23rd St., South Whitehall Township
? 5535 Reid Lane, Upper Macungie Township

Northampton County – 47

? 3732 Chipman Road, Bethlehem Township
? 981 Riverview Drive, Lehigh Township
? 126 S. Chestnut St., Bath
? 167 Tewksbury Court, Upper Nazareth Township
? 103 Mauch Chunk Road, Nazareth
? 3229 Rim Road, Bethlehem Township
? 1373 Newport Ave., Northampton
? 107 Lehigh Gap St., Walnutport
? 3310 Silvercrest Road, Upper Nazareth Township
? 2715 Mary St., Palmer Township
? 4167 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township
? 4100 Nicholas St., Palmer Township
? 946 Washington Ave., Northampton
? 459 S. Cottonwood Road, Lehigh Township
? 1465 Washington Ave., Northampton
? 402 E. 19th St., Northampton
? 225 S. Walnut St., Bath
? 741 Finady Ave., Bethlehem
? 1716 Washington St., Wilson
? 161 N. New St., Nazareth
? 1430 Newport Ave., Northampton
? 1716 Millard St., Bethlehem
? 2104 Davis St., Bethlehem
? 30 Forest Drive, Nazareth
? 409 S. Whitfield St., Nazareth
? 2115 Hay St., Wilson
? 1015 Elm St., Bethlehem
? 2245 Rodgers St., Bethlehem
? 40 E. Goepp St., Bethlehem
? 2404 Edgewood Ave., Bethlehem
? 223 E. Main St., Pen Argyl
? 4358 Newburg Road, Lower Nazareth Township
? 2115 Concord Ave., Bethlehem
? 3159 Linden St., Bethlehem
? 1575 Harmor Lane, Hanover Township
? 4659 Oakwood Lane, Lower Nazareth Township
? 525 E. Fairview St., Bethlehem
? 390 Wedgewood Road, Hanover Township
? 4629 Oakwood Lane, Lower Nazareth Township
? 215 E. Bridlepath Road, Bethlehem
? 5411 Hale Ave., Hanover Township
? 1531 Washington Ave., Northampton
? 718 Hickory Lane, Palmer Township
? 704 Butternut Lane, Palmer Township
? 245 N. Broadway, Wind Gap
? 2745 Kingsview Ave., Bethlehem Township
? 4781 Concord Drive, Bethlehem Township

Carbon County – 1

? 405 Little Gap Road, Lower Towamensing Township


Bucks County – 4

? 420 Tohickon Ave., Quakertown
? 1200 Berger Road, West Rockhill Township
? 230 S. Second St., Quakertown
? 2325 Rosedale Road, Milford Township