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3 nabbed for 21 daytime burglaries in Berks, Montgomery counties

Published On: Feb 01 2013 12:18:11 PM EST
Michael Benner - Joseph Samsel - Philip Becker

L to R: Michael Benner, Joseph Samsel and Philip Becker

Officials in Montgomery and Berks counties have arrested three men in connection with a spree of 21 daytime burglaries.

On Friday, officials announced the arrests of Michael Benner Jr., Joseph Samsel Jr. and Philip Becker.

Each defendant was linked to some of the daytime residential burglaries in Berks and western Montgomery counties between July 2012 and January 2013.


According to county officials, the men targeted homes that were set off the road and not easily visible by passersby.

On at least three occasions, the homeowners caught Benner at their home, officials said. Each time, he'd ask for a person who didn't live there, then left in a blue Hyundai, which was used to trace Benner and Samsel.

The men took jewelry, guns, and various electronic equipment, officials said, and some of the suspected stolen jewelry was found at Dove Jewelry in Berks County.

A search warrant executed at Benner's home turned up stolen jewelry valued at more than $117,000, officials said.

The three men were arraigned Thursday in Montgomery County.

Bail for Benner and Samsel was set at $50,000 each and Becker's at $10,000.

A preliminary hearing for all three defendants is set for February 5.