UPPER PROVIDENCE — The man accused of stealing several thousands of dollars worth of wedding gifts from a wedding in Lower Gwynedd now stands charged with stealing $9,000 worth of gifts from an Upper Providence wedding 2½ weeks earlier.
Joseph Patrick Franzone Jr. 35, of Bridgeport, faces charges of theft for taking a card box shaped like a wedding cake from a reception held at RiverCrest Golf Club’s clubhouse the night of June 22.
According to a joint release from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Upper Providence Police Wednesday, witnesses saw a white man wearing a T-shirt and shorts “loitering around the reception area” before picking up the card box around 8:50 p.m. and “fleeing on foot into the parking area.”
Authorities believe the box contained roughly $9,000 worth of gifts.
Franzone turned himself in July 12 after being identified by the Lower Gwynedd Police Department as the suspect in the theft of wedding presents from a vehicle outside the William Penn Inn July 7. According to police, a relative of a newly married couple there was helping transfer wedding presents out of the reception hall into a vehicle when some of the gifts went missing.
Surveillance photos showed a man loitering in the area and tips were called in as to the identity of the man.
When the photos were broadcast on local TV, witnesses from the earlier theft at the RiverCrest Golf Club reportedly identified the suspect as the same man they saw loitering outside the clubhouse.
“Witnesses to the theft at the RiverCrest Golf Club were shown photo arrays containing Franzone’s image and they identified Franzone as the individual who committed the thefts from the RiverCrest wedding reception,” according to the joint press release Wednesday.
Franzone was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property — felonies, and theft from a motor vehicle — a misdemeanor, in the Lower Gwynedd case.
District Judge Robert M. Sobeck set Franzone’s bail at $150,000 cash, which he was unable to post and, in lieu of, sent to Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges before District Judge Walter Gadzicki in Limerick Wednesday afternoon.
According to a search of court documents, Franzone was arrested for theft in 2004 in Pottstown and was charged for drug-related offenses in 2000.