78-Year-Old Grandmom Charged in Burglary Ring

Police say the grandmother allowed her house to serve as "home base" for the ring and even allowed the alleged burglars live with her.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:00 PM EDT
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78-Year-Old Grandmom Charged in Burglary Ring

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A 78-year-old grandmother has been charged in a New Jersey burglary ring that included two of her grandchildren, police said.

Lorraine Bleckley, 78, of Medford, N.J., is one of six people charged in the burglaries that authorities say took place from the beginning of October 2012 through the end of November 2012 in the Hoot Owl and Tamarac Developments in Medford. 

Police say Bleckley allowed her grandchildren, Kenneth Bleckley, Jr., 24, and Cynthia Bleckley, 21, to live in her house and use it as "home base" for the alleged crimes. She also let other defendants in the case stay at her house, according to authorities.

Both grandchildren are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, Kristina McLeod, 23, is charged with five counts of burglary and various other charges. Jeffery Simpkins, 23, is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, attempted burglary and conspiracy. The eldest Bleckley is facing one count of maintaining a nuisance.

Bail for the crew ranges from $20,000 to $40,000.

Authorities say that $26,845 worth of jewelry and cash were stolen over the two months.
 

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