Man and his sister-in-law involved in home robbery

Joseph M. Duckworth and Jimi Gia Duckworth charged

Posted: 5:39 PM EST Dec 02, 2013

A man whose brother is in jail and his brother's wife are facing charges in connection with a home break-in last week.

Joseph M. Duckworth broke into a home in the 4000 block of Church Street in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, around 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday and stole jewelry, officials said.

They added his sister-in-law, Jimi Gia Duckworth, drove the tan 2002 Ford Taurus getaway car.

The couple that owns the home was not there at the time.

Joseph Duckworth caused an estimated $500 in damage to a sliding glass door and a bathroom window during the break-in, and left behind a plastic bag of jewelry worth $5,000, officials noted.

Court papers do not reveal how much stolen property he took.

A neighbor identified both Duckworths, saying he spoke with Joseph, who had come to his door before he went to the home he broke into. He also saw Jimi in the Taurus' driver seat when he and another person went to check on their neighbors' home and saw her leave with Joseph, officials said.

The next day, the car was traced to Jimi Duckworth. Police also heard a telephone conversation between the Duckworths and James Duckworth -- Joseph's brother and Gia's husband -- who is in Northampton County Prison, officials said.

The Duckworths told James Duckworth that they were in the Poconos working on raising bail and that they had about $1,100, officials said. All the while, James told his wife and brother to be careful about what they said, officials added.

Joseph Duckworth, 26, of 77 Front St., Phillipsburg, N.J., was arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of unlawfully entering a building, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit burglary and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $75,000 bail, according to court documents.

Jimi Duckworth, 23, of 1160 Washington St. Easton, was arraigned on the same day on three counts of conspiracy -- to commit burglary, theft and criminal mischief -- and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, court papers show.

A preliminary hearing for both is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 10.