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Man Gets 3 to 15 Years for Burglaries in Three Counties

June 6, 2018

Contact: David A. Keightly Jr., 215.348.6342, dakeightly@buckscounty.org

Robert Imhoff
        Robert Imhoff

A drug-addicted man with a long criminal record was sentenced today to serve three to 15 years in prison for burglarizing three businesses in three separate counties.

Robert Imhoff, 47, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to burglary and related crimes committed at commercial businesses in Bristol Borough, Bucks County; Aston Township, Delaware County; and Whitpain Township, Montgomery County.

The admissions were entered as open pleas, meaning there was no agreement between prosecutors and Imhoff as to what the sentence would be.

The cases were consolidated before Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Rea B. Boylan who accepted the pleas and sentenced Imhoff to three consecutive one- to five-year sentences.

“Anything less than a lengthy sentence would diminish the seriousness of these offenses,” the judge said.

On June 30, 2017, Imhoff and another man shattered the glass front door of Aston Beverage with a hammer at 2:23 a.m., put cigarettes in a trash bag and left. The burglary was captured on security video.

Two weeks later, on July 12, a Bristol Borough police officer on patrol at 4:10 a.m. noticed that the front door of the Bath Street Market was broken, with a white Lexus SUV parked outside. Two suspects then left the business and ignored the officer when he told them to stop.

One suspect fled on foot, dropping cash as he ran, and was caught by police. Imhoff escaped in the SUV. Inside the market, officers found two cash registers broken open with a hammer, which had been left behind.

On July 21, Imhoff and another man drove to a Sunoco station on DeKalb Pike in Whitpain in the Lexus SUV at about 2:40 a.m. Surveillance video showed them shattering the glass front door with a large hammer and loading cartons of cigarettes and boxes of rolling papers in a trash bag before leaving.

Police were able to identify Imhoff in the security images. An accomplice is awaiting sentencing.

In addition to the prison time, Boylan ordered Imhoff to pay a combined $6,766 in restitution to the three businesses.

Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. recited a long list of crimes committed by Imhoff since 1990, most of them theft-related, including a 1997 conviction that resulted in a three- to six-year state prison term.

Defense attorney Daniel Schatz blamed Imhoff’s most recent crimes on heroin addiction, saying he has struggled with drug issues for years, but never has been in a treatment program. “His addiction is consistently leading him back to jail,” Schatz said.

Boylan ordered that drug treatment be part of Imhoff’s time in prison.

The case was investigated by the Bristol Borough, Whitpain Township, Bristol Township and Aston Township Police Departments.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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