Buckingham Township Police Arrest Man for Felony Retail Theft

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NEW HOPE, PA — A resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania has been arrested by the Buckingham Township Police Department.

Francis Templin, age 67, has been charged with Felony Retail Theft, and his car was seized, after a police investigation.

Authorities state that since December of 2021, Peddler’s Village has experienced retail thefts in various stores. A surveillance photograph was captured of a tall white male possibly over the age of 60 years committing a retail theft of a computer. On May 29, 2022, a merchant reported the theft of several pieces of merchandise, which was also caught on security footage. The male matched the description of previous thefts from December. This same male again returned to the village on June 4, 2022. His presence was reported to the police who encountered him at approximately 1:30 PM. The male was identified as Francis Templin. His car was located in the parking area of Peddler’s Village. A search warrant was secured and police are in the process of identifying merchandise found in Templin’s vehicle.

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Buckingham Township Police say that their investigation is continuing and Templin is expected to be charged with other incidents related to Retail Theft. He was released on unsecured bail.

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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