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October 12, 2012

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Cleaning woman admits stealing $3M bust

BRYN MAWR – A cleaning woman told investigators she stole a $3 million bust of Benjamin Franklin from a suburban Philadelphia home because she had been fired and was angry at her boss.

Lower Merion Township police released details of an interview with Andrea Lawton, 46, during her preliminary hearing Thursday. They said she also had an accomplice in the Aug. 24 theft from the Bryn Mawr home.

According to police, Lawton said she stole the plaster bust because she was told it was valuable and wanted to get her boss fired but she did not know how valuable until seeing news reports of the theft. She allegedly fled with the bust to a relative’s home in Alabama before being arrested Sept. 21 as she got off a Greyhound bus in Elkton, Md.

The bust was recovered but it was cracked and will need restoration.

Union supporting cop who punched woman

PHILADELPHIA – Members of the city’s police union are planning a fundraiser for a lieutenant who is being fired

for punching a woman at a parade, an encounter caught on video.

Earlier this month, the city’s police commissioner announced that Lt. Jonathan Josey was suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

Mayor Michael Nutter apologized to the woman, saying he was “appalled,” “sickened” and “ashamed” by the video. It shows 39-year-old Aida Guzman being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, and then being led away in handcuffs during a street festival associated with the city’s annual Puerto Rican Day parade.

A disorderly conduct charge against Guzman has been withdrawn.

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