The chief of the Mt. Pleasant Township police department is crediting a quick response by his officers and Cecil Township police for nabbing a burglar and his two alleged accomplices.
Gil Fullum, 48, formerly of Canonsburg, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant in connection with a burglary the previous day of a home at 50 Primrose Road.
Also taken into custody was his girlfriend, Lauren Curtin, 31, also formerly of Canonsburg, who was with Fullum Monday and reportedly lied to police about her identity when she was stopped with 59-year-old Janice Holt, 375 Locust Ave., Washington, shortly after the burglary was reported.
The homeowner, Robert Stone, told police Chief Lou McQuillan he came home about 2:30 p.m. Monday and was at his mailbox when he saw a large man wearing a black jacket come out the back door of his home. Stone yelled at the man, later identified as Fullum, and started to follow him but he ran into the woods. Stone got into his vehicle and drove back down to the road where he saw a parked car.
Curtin was outside near the trunk and Holt was in the driver’s seat. When Stone confronted them, Curtin got back in the car and the two fled. Stone, who was able to get a license plate number, called 911.
“We were able to get a description out to police in Cecil and McDonald,” McQuillan said Wednesday. “Cecil police got the car stopped a short time later on Millers Run Road (Route 50) near their township’s road department.”
The two women told police that Fullum had Curtin call Holt to pick them up. They reportedly drove around the area looking for a place to burglarize because Fullum said he needed “stuff” to pawn.
Curtin gave police her sister’s name during the initial interview. It was later determined she was wanted on a warrant in Allegheny County.
Stone told police four long guns and bags of coins were stolen from his home. Three of the guns were found in a field behind his house.
Fullum was arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins on charges of burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary and theft. He was placed in Washington County jail on $35,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for March 25 in the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.
Curtin, who was placed in Washington County jail on the Allegheny County warrant, will be charged with conspiracy to commit theft and burglary, false identification to police and forgery.
Holt was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and burglary. The charges will be sent by summons from Dutton’s office.
McQuillan said police will investigate if they have any connection with any other burglaries in the township.