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Suspects In Montgomery County Burglary In Critical Condition After Car Accident

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By Crystal Cranmore

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) - Three suspects connected to a burglary in Abington Township are under police guard at an area hospital after their vehicle crashed into a tree early Sunday morning.

A little before 5 a.m., a man reported to police that he saw a suspicious person after hearing a noise coming from a window in his home on the 1800 block of Fitzwatertown Road in the Willow Grove section of the township. The suspect fled upon seeing the resident’s flashlight. Abington police officers later discovered that the person had pried open a screen on the window.

After the 9-1-1 call, one of the officers responding to the scene noticed a dark colored Chrysler Sebring speed pass him in the opposite direction, traveling eastbound on Old Welsh Road, away from the scene of the burglary. Another officer saw the Sebring travel through a steady red signal at Old Welsh Road and Old York Road. Shortly after crossing the intersection, the driver of the Sebring reportedly lost control and crashed into a tree and then two poles.

At the site of the crash, officers discovered numerous power tools scattered around. One suspect was ejected from the vehicle and two others were still inside the vehicle. All three were transported to Abington Memorial Hospital where they are listed in critical condition, according to authorities. Two of the occupants were identified as a 24-year-old male and a 19-year-old male, both from Philadelphia. Police have no yet identified the third person.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, the owners of a home in the 2900 block of Gohn Drive, not to far from the Fitzwatertown Road attempted burglary, reported that their home had been burglarized. Police say an entrance had been made by cutting a screen and raising the rear window. The residents reported a number of power tools stolen and positively identified the tools in and around the crashed Sebring as being their tools.

It is anticipated that all three suspects will be charged with both burglaries.