Montour County jewelry theft suspect will be transferred to rehab facility – Sunbury Daily Item

Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:30 pm

Montour County jewelry theft suspect will be transferred to rehab facility

DANVILLE — A Bloomsburg woman, who told a judge she planned to enter an inpatient facility on her own after stealing jewelry from the home of her boyfriend’s parents, will be transferred to a drug and alcohol inpatient treatment facility.

Sarah Andino, 30, was also fined $500 and given credit for 142 days served in jail for stealing $11,300 worth of jewelry.

She was identified by her shoeprints on tile and hardwood floors.

Judge Gary Norton sentenced her to 142 days to 23 months in jail and ordered her to pay $1,700 in restitution. A significant amount of the jewelry of Joann and Edward

Halady, of 120 Cameltown Hill Road, was recovered from the Feb. 27 theft, said Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

“I am very sorry and regretful for what I have done. I think about it every day,” Andino told Norton.

Represented by attorney Laurie Pickle, Andino said she started using alcohol, methamphetamine and pills which led to heroin.

She entered rehab programs twice but didn’t complete them with the latest being in January. She doesn’t have custody of her four children at this time because she was in Columbia County Prison. “I was a full-time mom,” she said.

“It’s a sad story I hear all the time. It’s your life,” Norton said.

Chief Probation Officer Jim Miller said he would pursue trying to get Andino in a rehab facility.

“You stand the best chance if you go to an inpatient rehab but you have got to buy into it,” Norton told her. “You have to do it for yourself.”

Following the theft, Mr. Halady found footprints, described as a unique pattern from some type of sneaker, on tile and hardwood floors in their home.

He gave Tpr. Maxwell Andrews a sketch he made of the shoe prints leading from the computer room toward the jewelry box in the bedroom.

The Halady’s son, Gregory Halady, of Bloomsburg, had contacted Mr. Halady on Feb. 27 about “burst pipes” in his home and Halady saw a gray Sketchers sneaker in his son’s home he believed belonged to Andino. He took photos with his phone. They matched a sketch he drew.

Mrs. Halady told police they were missing 13 yellow and gold rings, 17 gold necklaces with diamonds, onyx, blue sapphires, pearls and rubies, three tennis bracelets with diamonds and topaz, three hop earring sets with diamonds and topaz, three men’s gold rings and class rings with blue stones from 1973.

Gregory Halady told police Andino drove his car on a regular basis and had been to his parent’s home but not upstairs. He said the key to his parents’ home was on his car key ring.

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