West Oak Lane man charged with 14 burglaries, many in Northeast

Curtis Hair­ston made thou­sands of dol­lars by burg­lar­iz­ing more than a dozen busi­nesses in the North­east and North Phil­adelphia in June, au­thor­it­ies say. The long arm of the law fi­nally caught up with him on Fri­day.

Phil­adelphia po­lice cred­it an e-mailed tip for help­ing them identi­fy and find Hair­ston, 51, of the 2000 block of Wal­nut Lane in West Oak Lane.

That’s just the kind of help in­vest­ig­at­ors had been look­ing for since they re­leased sur­veil­lance video of one of the com­mer­cial break-ins in mid-June.

Hair­ston has been charged with 14 burg­lar­ies so far and re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion in con­nec­tion with oth­er un­solved cases, said Lt. Mark Burgmann of North­east De­tect­ives.

Typ­ic­ally, Hair­ston would enter the stores after clos­ing time by pry­ing open a door or smash­ing through a win­dow. He would then grab cash from the re­gister and flee, Burgmann said.

The first two break-ins at­trib­uted to Hair­ston ac­tu­ally oc­curred on May 30, when he al­legedly broke in­to Dav­id’s Bridal at 6595 Roosevelt Blvd. and Span­ish Is­land at 6539 Roosevelt Blvd.

On June 6, he al­legedly burg­lar­ized Via Na­poli Res­taur­ant at 2500 Welsh Road, East King Buf­fet at 9171 Roosevelt Blvd. and As­ante Mar­ket at 2477 Grant Ave.

On June 9, he broke in­to Dough­nut Plus and MTT Sales and Ser­vice, both at 5601 N. Fifth St., Burgmann said.

On June 12, Hair­ston was re­spons­ible for break-ins at Adam’s Clean­ers, 8206 Roosevelt Blvd; Big Al’s Pizza, 8212 Roosevelt Blvd.; Happy Garden, 9916 Roosevelt Blvd.; An­gelo’s Pizza, 9918 Roosevelt Blvd.; and Fat Jack’s Bar­be­cue, 10090 Roosevelt Blvd.

Fi­nally, on June 23, he al­legedly burg­lar­ized Palace Roller Skat­ing, at 11586 Roosevelt Blvd, and Ex­tra Space Stor­age, at 12005 Roosevelt Blvd.

Hair­ston is be­ing held at Mont­gomery County Pris­on in lieu of $10,000 bail. Last year, he was con­victed of burg­lary in that jur­is­dic­tion and was sen­tenced to eight to 23 months in jail, fol­lowed by three years pro­ba­tion.

Hair­ston has an­oth­er burg­lary case pending in Phil­adelphia stem­ming from a Ju­ly 4 ar­rest. He is sched­uled for an ar­raign­ment on Aug. 15. ••

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