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Francis Templin, 67, of Berks County, charged in Peddler’s Village thefts


A senior citizen has been charged with several retail thefts at Peddler’s Village shopping complex in Lahaska, according to police.

Francis Templin, 67, of Berks County, was arrested June 4 when Buckingham Township Police charged him with felony retail theft. Templin’s car was also seized and searched. Officials said they are identifying merchandise found in the vehicle.

Peddler’s Village stores have been experiencing a series of thefts since December 2021, authorities said, including theft of a computer. That theft was captured on a surveillance camera and showed a white male, possibly over 60 years old, stealing the device.

Another theft was caught on a surveillance camera in May that showed a man matching the same description.

When the man returned to Peddler’s Village on June 4, officials notified police, who then arrested Templin.

He was released on unsecured bail. The investigation is continuing and, authorities said, additional charges are expected.