Serial Burglar Gets Jail Time in Plea Deal
Christopher 'Matt' Fazzini explained one burglary attempt by telling the homeowner he was stopping by to borrow vanilla so he could bake cookies, according to a report.
A former Conestoga High School basketball star is headed to jail after admitting to burglarizing several homes in the area, according to the Daily Local News.
Christopher "Matt" Fazzini, 25, was sentenced Tuesday to two to five years in jail as part of a plea deal:
Authorities say that Fazzini and another man from [Tredyffrin], Brendan Burke, burglarized homes on the Main Line they knew were unoccupied, stealing jewelry they could easily pawn for cash. They used the proceeds of their crimes to buy prescription drugs from a drug dealer in Philadelphia, running up tabs as high as $1,000.
The string of crimes the pair was charge with committing stretched from Nov. 26, 2011 to March 2, 2012 and geographically from Malvern to Wayne.
Fazzini once explained his unannounced appearance at a neighbor's house by asking to borrow a cup of vanilla, so he could make cookies for his mother, the paper reports.
The duo caught an unlucky break when they burglarized—still allegedly, in the case of Burke, who faces trial later this month—the neighbor of an eagle-eyed retired state trooper.
According to the article, he apologized in the courtroom to his victims and promised his family he'd work to kick his drug addiction.
Burke is scheduled to be tried on burglary, conspiracy and related charges on March 19.
Read the full story at the Daily Local.