Man pleads in burglary spree

BY STACI WILSON

A 42-year-old Montrose man admitted he committed 23 burglaries in Susquehanna County last Thanksgiving through Jan. 1.

Keith Canfield entered the guilty pleas – all on burglary counts- Friday morning in Susquehanna County Court. He could face up to 430 years in prison on the counts and $575,000 in fines.

However, President Judge Kenneth Seamans indicated in court that he would uphold a plea agreement reached by the District Attorney Jason Legg and Canfield that would run the sentences concurrently.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Dec. 28.

Remaining counts of criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy to commit burglary, as well as two counts of corruption of minors, lodged against Canfield in the cases were withdrawn.

Legg noted to the court that after Canfield was apprehended in the Jan. 1 burglary of a Harford Twp. residence, he cooperated with state police identifying 22 other residences and detached garages that he, along with co-defendant Daniela Hollister, burglarized.

It was Canfield’s cooperation that helped state police investigators close a large number of cases, Legg said, and also led to the large number of charges lodged against him.

He also said the Canfield was on state parole when the burglaries happened.

According to court records, Canfield told police Hollister had received money after her Meshoppen home had been flooded which she spent but then started to experience pain from withdrawal from using heroin.

The records suggest that Hollister accompanied Canfield to almost every location that was burglarized, sometimes staying in a truck and sometimes going into the houses.

The burglaries occurred in Harford, Herrick, Gibson, Lenox and Jackson townships.

In Gibson Township, burglaries occurred at residences on Helen’s Road, Powell Road, Maple Lane, Frank Road, Cat Street, Konsur Road and Stone House Road.

Incidents in Harford Twp. occurred on Oliver Road, Richardson Road, Osborne Road, Wilcox Road and Tyler Lake Road.

Items were also taken from Lenox Twp. residences on Bennett Road, Chicken Coop Road and Forest Street.

Burglaries were also committed in Herrick Twp. on East Mountain Road; and in Jackson Twp. on Stearns Lake Road.

According to court documents, police estimated the total value for the items taken at nearly $18,000.

Earlier this year, Hollister pleaded guilty to her role in the burglaries. She was enrolled in the State Intermediate Punishment program, utilized for offenders who were motivated by a drug addiction to commit the crimes, has no past violent history, the current offense is not a crime of violence, and the defendant has no mental health issues that would preclude successful participation in the program, Legg said.

In a letter to the editor submitted in August to the Susquehanna County Independent, Canfield issued a public apology to the burglary victims.