Woman in Ben Franklin Bust Theft Indicted: Cops

The cleaning woman who allegedly stole a valuable bust of Benjamin Franklin from a suburban Philadelphia home was indicted on Thursday.

By Kelly Bayliss and David Chang
|  Friday, Oct 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:52 PM EDT
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Woman in Ben Franklin Bust Theft Indicted: Cops

Lower Merion police

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The cleaning woman who allegedly stole a valuable bust of Benjamin Franklin from a suburban Philadelphia home was indicted on Thursday.

On August 24, Andrea Lawton, 46, of Mobile, Alabama, burglarized a Bryn Mawr home and stole a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin valued at $3 million, according to the indictment.

Lower Merion Township police released details of an interview with Lawton during her preliminary hearing Thursday. They say she also had an accomplice in the theft.

According to police, Lawton says she stole the bust because she was told it was valuable and wanted to get her boss fired. She allegedly fled with the bust to a relative's home in Alabama before being arrested in September as she got off a bus in Elkton, Md.

If convicted, Lawson faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, three years supervised release, a $500,000 fine and a $200 special assessment. She's being held on $1 million bail.
 

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