Bloody calling card lands Boyertown man in prison for New Hanover burglaries

A Boyertown man who left a bloody calling card that linked him to burglaries at a New Hanover residence is headed to state prison.

Mark Thomas Quinter, 45, whose last known address was in the 100 block of Walnut Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to three to six years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of burglary in connection with two break-ins that occurred at a Hill Road residence in New Hanover between August and September 2011.

Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, said Quinter is eligible for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program, which allows non-violent offenders to receive reductions of their minimum prison sentences if they successfully complete all required treatment and maintain good-conduct records in prison. If Quinter successfully completes the program he could reduce his minimum prison stay to 27 months, according to court records.

An investigation of Quinter began on Aug. 17, 2011, when New Hanover police responded to a home along Hill Road for a report of a residential burglary. The homeowner told police he returned home about 5 p.m. to discover that someone entered the home through a window and stole about $660 in cash from the master bedroom, according to the criminal complaint.

Township police responded to the home a second time about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 for another report of a break-in, court documents indicate. Authorities said the burglar entered the residence by breaking a window in a door frame and damaging a door frame. Officers found a handprint on a window pane, according to court papers.

“Also located on the door to the inside was a blood smear,” New Hanover Police Sgt. William Moyer wrote in the arrest affidavit, adding a bottle of coins went missing from the home during the second break-in.

The homeowner also told police that he found a shirt, which contained blood, on his bed. The homeowner told police that the shirt belonged to him but that it wasn’t his blood on the shirt.

When the blood-soiled shirt was analyzed at a state police crime lab, authorities received “a DNA hit” that linked Quinter to the blood, according to the criminal complaint. When confronted with the evidence, Quinter subsequently admitted to the two burglaries, court documents indicate.

As a condition of the sentence, the judge ordered Quinter to pay $600 in restitution to the victim.

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