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Frank Dennis Keyser found guilty in string of bulglaries

On October 11, 2012 a jury found Frank Dennis Keyser (DOB 02/21/1973), of the 100 Block Bonsall Avenue, Aldan, Pennsylvania, guilty on multiple charges of burglary and related offenses. During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lawrie presented testimony against the defendant concerning (4) separate burglaries committed from May 28, 2011 to June 3, 2011. Based on the investigation conducted by the Upper Darby Police Department, Keyser was identified by multiple witnesses as the perpetrator in the burglaries.  

On May 28, 2011 Keyser admitted to entering 822 Green Lane in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania through the front door which was unlocked. Keyser left his bicycle in the driveway and knocked on all doors. When he did not get a response, he walked into the home and took a substantial amount of cash and an assortment of jewelry which he sold to Alexis Precious Metals in Southwest Philadelphia. After taking the jewelry, Keyser then fled on a green bicycle from the residence when a car pulled into the driveway. Keyser was identified by the resident of 822 Green Lane, as the man who was observed running from the rear of the house. He was also identified by the owner of Alexis Precious Metals as the man who sold him jewelry and told him he committed a burglary with the same circumstances as the one that occurred at 822 Green Lane.

Five days later, on June 3, 2011, Keyser entered 1006 Green Lane after knocking on the kitchen door and receiving no response. According to statements made by co-defendant William Profeto, Keyser asked for a ride so he could “check places out.” Keyser told Profeto to bring a tape measurer so it gave the appearance they were doing work. Profeto stated that Keyser tried numerous residence doors while he waited outside, and eventually found one unlocked at 1006 Green Lane, at which point the alarm activated and they left. Clifton Heights Police Sergeant Timothy Rockenbach, who was not on duty at the time, was out front of 1006 Green Lane when he heard and audible alarm. Sergeant Rockenbach walked toward the property to investigate, and observed two white males walking down the driveway from the rear of the residence. He notified Upper Darby Police who then subsequently stopped Keyser and co-defendant William Profeto who were then taken into police custody and transported to Upper Darby Police Headquarters for processing.

On that same day, Upper Darby Police responded to two reports of suspicious activity that had occurred earlier in the morning at 1024 Green Lane and 629 Ashland Avenue. In both incidences, Keyser entered the residences and encountered individuals inside the properties. At 629 Ashland Avenue, Keyser left after encountering a minor who was upstairs in her bedroom. It was determined entry was gained into the property through the unlocked side kitchen door.

After ADA Thomas Lawrie offered testimony to establish the charges in the case, based on the investigation conducted by Upper Darby Police Department, Keyser was found guilty by a jury October 11, 2012, on multiple counts of burglary and other related charges.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication that Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lawrie put into this case,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Mr. Keyser not only committed theft of personal property, but he also stole a community’s peace of mind. Thanks to the strong investigative work done by the Upper Darby Police, we built a solid case against this violent individual and in end Mr. Keyser will be where he belongs: behind bars for more than a decade.”

Prior to being found guilty on these charges, Keyser was on parole for prior burglary charges and related offenses. At sentencing the Commonwealth intends to prove the applicability of a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence imposed upon individuals convicted of a prior crime of violence. The Commonwealth will show that the defendant’s proven crime of violence was a burglary where a person was present. 

The defendant will remain detained at Delaware County Prison where he will await sentencing scheduled for November 19, 2012 before Judge Patricia Jenkins.