Police: Alleged tavern burglar left apology note

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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LEHMAN TWP. — A township man accused of stealing liquor and beer during a tavern burglary allegedly returned the next day, leaving empty bottles and an apologetic note pledging to “make up the difference” after he got paid.

Township police said they arrested Terrence W. Croxford, 37, when he attempted to sneak out the back of a house trailer in the Country Crest Home Park on Thursday.

Croxford’s live-in girlfriend, Mary Ann Redmond, 44, was charged with trying to hide him.

According to the criminal complaints:

Croxford was inside the Outpost Inn on Route 29 on March 29, and unlocked a window when the owner, Jeffrey Henry, entered a restroom.

After the tavern closed for the day, Croxford entered through the window and stole bottles of liquor and beer, plus tried to force open a damaged cash register.

A day after the burglary, Henry told police he found a box with empty bottles and a note that stated:

“Henry, I’m very sorry for this. I just lost my mother to cancer and my life’s been in turmoil. When I came up and asked for a couple of shots, and you said no you were closed, I had a break down. Here’s everything back, minus a 15-pack. I get paid next Friday. I’ll make up the difference. I’m truly deeply sorry.”

Henry learned Croxford lived in a nearby trailer park.

Police obtained an arrest warrant charging him with burglary, criminal trespass and two counts of theft. When officers went to arrest Croxford, Redmond told police he was not inside.

Redmond kept the door partially opened and used her body to block an officer’s view inside the trailer. She also denied a request for the officer to search the trailer.

Another officer in the rear of the trailer detained Croxford when he exited through a back door.

Redmond was charged with three counts of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Croxford and Redmond were arraigned Thursday night by District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township, and both released on $25,000 and $10,000 unsecured bail, respectively.

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By Ed Lewis

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