Police: Burglary followed exclusion from dad’s will

BARBOURS – Excluded in her late father’s will, Sharon K. Bender allegedly burglarized her daughter’s home on Loyalsock Manor Road in Plunketts Creek Township and stole items she apparently thought should have gone to her, including a box that contained her father’s ashes, state police allege in court papers.

A Fairfield Township resident, Bender, 65, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, felony trespassing and theft.

Police allege she climbed through a back bedroom window to enter Michelle Metzger’s home at 108 Loyalsock Manor Road between Sept. 26 and 28.

Taken in the burglary were an antique toothpick holder, a photograph of Metzger’s great-grandmother and a box that held the remains of her grandfather, Trooper Ryan Golla said in an affidavit.

Metzger said only articles of “sentimental value” were missing from the home and “suspected her mother (Bender) of removing the items because she had been written out of her deceased father’s will.” Golla said that the father left everything to her granddaughter, Metzger. Golla said Bender has admitted to entering the property and removing the items, but she told the investigator the box of ashes were the remains of her mother.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Bender was released on $12,500 bail.