Royersford woman broke ‘love thy neighbor' creed, stole heirloom jewelry

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NORRISTOWN – A Royersford woman didn’t heed the commandment “Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor,” admitting she stole the neighbor’s jewelry that she apparently coveted.

Catherine Spatzer-Glazier, 51, of the 900 block of Main Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by six years’ probation, after she pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge in connection with a July 2013 break-in at a neighbor’s home during which she stole heirloom jewelry – a theft the victim said devastated her both emotionally and financially.

President Judge William J. Furber Jr. also ordered Spatzer-Glazier to complete 400 hours of community service and to pay the victim $10,369 in restitution.

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In a letter to the judge, included in court records, the victim said the “emotional and financial impact will be felt for years to come.” The victim indicated she’s been unable to sleep, fears someone will break into her home again and feels betrayed by someone she knew.

“I’m heartbroken that heirloom jewelry is gone,” the victim wrote, adding the jewelry had been passed down to her by relatives now deceased. “It can’t be replaced.

“Frequently my distress is re-lived as I plan to wear a particular piece of jewelry only to remember it’s no longer in my possession or I’ll see an old photo and realize that the list of stolen jewelry is incomplete and needs to be amended. Her action has caused an emotional wound that hasn’t healed,” the victim added in the poignant letter.

An investigation of Spatzer-Glazier began after the victim reported to police that she returned home from work on July 17 to find her door ajar and Spatzer-Glazier, who lived in the same neighborhood, inside her kitchen.

“The defendant was going through the kitchen cabinetry,” Royersford Detective John O’Keefe wrote in the arrest affidavit.

When the victim asked Spatzer-Glazier why she was in the residence Spatzer-Glazier allegedly replied, “I’m thirsty and wanted to make some tea,” according to the criminal complaint. The victim immediately ordered Spatzer-Glazier, who didn’t have permission to be in the home, to leave the premises.

The victim subsequently checked the contents of her bedroom and discovered a large amount of jewelry missing, according to court papers, and she immediately notified police. The investigation eventually determined Spatzer-Glazier had sold several pieces of the victim’s jewelry to a local jewelry store for cash, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation also determined that Spatzer-Glazier had been inside the victim’s residence several days prior to being caught by the victim.

With the judge’s sentence, Spatzer-Glazier will be under court supervision for total of about eight years.

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