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Police: Woman sold items she stole from friends

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Patricia Ann Burnett (submitted) Patricia Ann Burnett (submitted)
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster County woman who was on probation for theft charges is back in jail. This time it's for burglarizing her neighbors while they were on vacation, then trying to sell the items online.

"It's a very quiet street, quiet neighborhood," said Ray Diggins, who lives in the neighborhood where the burglaries happened.

But over the course of the last few months, police said 39-year-old Patricia Burnett quietly burglarized three homes. She got away with more than $2,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items.

Burnett is behind bars for burglary and racketeering.

In one instance, investigators said Burnett knew her neighbors were on vacation. She texted them to as how long they would be on vacation.

"She was using that to her advantage to make sure she could get in and take what she wants," said Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.

Neighbors came home to find that some of their stuff was missing. They did not know where it was until they found their belongings on Craigslist and at Burnett's yard sale. Police said she committed two other burglaries.

"The other one, her mother was housesitting for the resident who went to the hospital. Had some medical issues. She got the key from her mother, and we have no indication her mother was involved. This was her show. But she took advantage of that situation as well," Stedman said.

Police found the loot in Burnett's home. Investigators said she not only took her neighbor's belongings, she also took her neighborhood's sense of security.

"I have a little 2-year-old, so you always wanna live in a good neighborhood. Something like that hits close to home, it's like, wow," said Diggins.

"It's totally despicable, and she's gonna have to pay the consequences for it," said Stedman.

Police said Burnett was already on parole for theft charges. She allegedly stole packages from people's doorsteps around Christmas 2011.

Investigators said this is a good reminder for people to take precautions when going on vacation. Lock your doors, stop your mail delivery, and only tell a few trustworthy people that you are leaving.

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