Police: Red Lion infant left in hot car while parents steal

John Joyce
  • PSP: A Red Lion couple left their son, under 2 years old, alone in a hot car so they could steal a curio.
  • Trep Swanson is charged in two separate incidents of theft five days apart, plus child endangerment.
  • Sherica Eggleston also faces child endangerment and theft charges. Both admitted to past thefts, records show.

A Red Lion couple charged earlier this week with leaving their infant child in a hot car on June 17 while stealing a curio cabinet from a yard sale both have a history of theft, according to court documents.

Trep Swanson, 43, and Sherica Eggleston, 29, both of 833 Delta Road, are charged with endangering the welfare of a child by a parent or guardian and theft. At the time the charges were filed Monday, Swanson was free on $10,000 bail for a second arrest that took place five days after the hot car incident.

Trep Swanson

According to charging documents, the theft from the yard sale took place June 17. Troopers were called to 117 S. Franklin St., where the resident reported two people had removed a curio cabinet from her yard without paying for it. She identified Swanson and Eggleston as the suspects.

While troopers were arresting the couple, witnesses pointed out that their child had been left alone in their car a block away, the documents said. Troopers found a baby under the age of 2 in the running car with the windows up and the doors unlocked. The troopers describe the conditions in the car as being unfit for a child and said the boy was hot and sweaty, according to the documents.

Swanson and Eggleston were read their rights and then willingly took the officers to their house, where they had taken the wooden curio cabinet, the documents said.

Charges were filed Monday.

A history of taking: On June 22, Southern Regional police officers were called to the Giant Food Store on Mount Airy Road in Shrewsbury. Swanson and Eggleston had been spotted stuffing items into a diaper bag and purse while shopping inside the store, charging documents said.

Store security personnel had received reports of previous thefts committed by the couple and made it a point to follow them through the store when they came in that day. After using food stamps to pay for items they placed in their cart and leaving, the couple was met by security officers in the parking lot. When confronted, they agreed to go back inside and wait for the police, the documents said,.

Police arrived at the grocery store and split the couple up. After being read their rights, both Swanson and Eggleston admitted to taking what amounted to $142.23 in merchandise form the store over two days.

According to the documents, Swanson also admitted to stealing from the store the previous day, and he confessed to having previously taken items from the Giant in Red Lion and a Walmart as well. Some of the items stolen included energy drinks, Gatorade tablets, Ziploc bags and make-up.

Eggleston also admitted to previous thefts and said she had a prior arrest for theft in Virginia. She told the officers Swanson had at least one prior theft charge in Pennsylvania.

Still hiding something: Because Swanson and Eggleston had their kids with them, the officers agreed to let them go home and to file the charges against them at a later date, the documents said. But while discussing the charges, the officers noticed Swanson shifting his weight and pulling his shirt down. A quick search revealed Swanson had stuffed a wallet, still in its case, down his pants.

The wallet was valued at $9.99, bringing the total value of stolen property taken from the store to $152.22. Swanson was arrested and taken to central booking for processing. Swanson and Eggleston are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Court at 11:30 a.m. July 19.

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