Second "Burglar Brother" Gets One to Five Years for Over 100 Break-Ins

George Washington, of Allentown, had been charged along with his brother in more than 100 burglaries in five counties, including several in Southern Lehigh.

Burglar George Washington, who police said had in Southern Lehigh and other municipalities over 15 months, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 1/2 to 60 months in jail, according to reports on lehighvalleylive.com and The Morning Call.

Washington, 29, of Allentown, had been charged in 104 burglaries and 12 attempted burglaries in Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties from October 2009 through January 2011.

Washington's brother, Angel Miguel Vargas, 31, also of Allentown, to 20 to 40 years in jail for his role.

Among the locations were businesses in Salisbury, South Whitehall, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie, Bethlehem, Upper Saucon and Lower Nazareth townships, Bethlehem and Coopersburg.

He told the court he took responsibility for the crimes, but later laughed and shook his head when the lengthy sentence, including restitution, was imposed, according to the reports. Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos called Washington "a danger" to the community. A prosecutor said he had been committing burglaries since age 12 or 13.


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