Southeastern PA

Wedding gift thief Joseph Franzone pleads guilty

Montgomery man to be sentenced in about 90 days

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Joseph Franzone, Jr., who stole gifts from wedding receptions, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and one count of attempted theft Monday morning in Montgomery County Court.

Franzone was called the wedding crasher for going to receptions to steal the gifts.

Sentencing will be in about 90 days, following a pre-sentencing investigation.

Lindsay O'Brien of the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said state prison time will be recommended.  Franzone could face up to 12 to 24 years in prison.

O'Brien said the standard range for each of the charges is two to three years, adding prosecutors will seek consecutive sentences for each count to ensure Franzone faces the maximum time possible.

Franzone targeted more than one wedding reception.

 Last June, he stole $9,000 worth of wedding gifts from a reception at RiverCrest Golf Club in Upper Providence Township.

  In July, he stole $3,000 to $5,000 worth of  wedding gifts from a reception at the William Penn Inn in Lower Gwynedd Township.

He surrendered to police that month.

Franzone, who was 35 when charged, resided at 324 Cherry Alley in Bridgeport, Montgomery County.


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