Myles Dawson, mother, Mellany Ann Knobl, nabbed in rash of burglaries in Berks, Montgomery counties

Some stolen items found in home; others sold online, at pawn shops, police say

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Published: Dec 31 2012 12:03:26 PM EST

An extensive investigation has led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man and his mother in connection with a rash of thefts and burglaries in Berks and Montgomery counties, police said Monday.

Myles Lee Dawson and Mellany Ann Knobl stand accused of playing a role in a series of home and business break-ins and thefts in northeastern Berks and northwestern Montgomery counties since early April, said police, who outlined the alleged crimes in court documents:

Police later determined that Dawson sold metals to a recycling firm in Hatfield, Montgomery Co., and, on the day after the Elm Street theft, sold women's jewelry, gold, pins and coins to pawn shops or similar stores in the Harrisburg area, according to court documents.

In August, police said they learned Knobl, 39, was involved in some of the thefts and sales of stolen items, the latter for which she used a computer inside the home she shared with her son in the 200 block of North Church Street in Bally.

A subsequent search of the home turned up tools stolen in the Peerless Boiler theft on April 2, digital photos of the antique toys taken in the July 18 theft in Washington Township, and a piece of a go-cart thought to be taken during the May 30 theft in Washington Township, according to court documents.

Dawson later fled to Ecuador, but police said they convinced him to return to Pennsylvania. He and Knobl were both arraigned on charges of burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Both were committed to the Berks County Jail on $50,000 bail.

A third suspect is also facing charges, police said.

The Berks County district attorney's office will handle prosecution of the case.