Man gets jail term for burglaries at Lower Merion businesses

NORRISTOWN — A Philadelphia man is heading to state prison for burglarizing multiple offices at a Lower Merion shopping complex.

Martin Spencer Jackson, 28, of the 8600 block of Williams Avenue, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 1½ to 9 years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary in connection to incidents in January 2021 at businesses in an office complex along Presidential Boulevard in the Bala Cynwyd section of Lower Merion.

Judge Thomas M. DelRicci also ordered Jackson to pay a total of $9,630 in restitution to victims of the burglaries. The judge ordered Jackson to stay away from the office complex at One Presidential Boulevard as a condition of the sentence.

The investigation began on January 11, 2021, when Lower Merion Police responded to the office complex for a burglary report.

Employees of an accounting firm told police they arrived to find the double glass door to the suite open and noticed someone had searched their workstations, the complaint alleges criminal case filed by Lower Merion Detective John Kuvik. Employees reported about $30 cash missing.

Around the same time, employees of an investment management firm located in another suite in the office complex reported that a laptop worth $2,000 was missing from their desk.

Several other burglaries were also reported at various resort suites during the month of January, according to court documents. A chief building engineer also reported to detectives that a janitor’s closet had been forced open and a janitor’s keys, including several master keys, were missing, according to the arrest affidavit.

“It was learned that the actor used the stolen keys to gain access to the other suites in the building,” Kuvik alleged.

Detectives obtained office security camera footage showing the suspect responsible for the break-ins.

On January 30, police conducted a physical surveillance of the office complex to see if the suspect would return and at approximately 6:29 p.m. a subject matching the description of the actor depicted in the CCTV footage arrived at this location, according to court documents. .

“He exited his vehicle and tried several doors before entering the main hall using an access card,” Kuvik alleged in the arrest affidavit, adding that the suspect, identified later as Jackson, walked into a suite and turned on the lights.

Jackson was later arrested by police without incident.

“He was in possession of seven building access cards,” Kuvik said, adding that officers tried the access cards and confirmed they granted the user access to the main lobby.

Other charges of theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property were dismissed against Jackson.

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