Woman Accused Of Stealing A Bust Of Benjamin Franklin Will Stand Trial In Mont. Co.
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By Brad Segall
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) – A former cleaning woman from Philadelphia has been ordered held for trial in Montgomery County for allegedly stealing a bust of Benjamin Franklin that dates back to the 18th century from a home on the Main Line (see realted story).
Andrea Lawton will stand trial on charges that include burglary, theft and criminal trespass.
Authorities say the 46-year-old woman worked at the Bryn Mawr home as a cleaning woman and was aware of the significance of the bust. The owner puts its value at $3-million.
Prosecutor Kevin Steele says the investigation into the burglary is still ongoing.
“We believe there is another person that was involved in the burglary and secondly that there is an item that is also missing,” he said.
That’s described as a picture of composer Victor Herbert, his baton and an autograph along with a listing of his music.
Police say Lawton fled the area after the burglary in an attempt to sell the bust. She was arrested in Maryland on her way back from Alabama.
She remains behind bars on $1-million bail.