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Suspects Identified And Charged In Attempted Burglary At Murder Victim's Home

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Steve Anderson (Left), and Brandon Howard (Right) Steve Anderson (Left), and Brandon Howard (Right)

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA-Philadelphia Police say two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after they were caught attempting to break into the home Connie Murray once lived in on Tolbut Street in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Connie McClain Murray was found murdered in Pennypack Park last Tuesday. Her husband Christopher Murray,48, was arrested and confessed to her murder after failing a lie detector test, according to authorities. Now, police say, two men tried to break into Murray's home early Wednesday morning.

“It's without words to do that. The family's already victimized,” said Northeast Detectives Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum.

The attempted burglary happened just before 2 a.m. According to authorities, two men, 34-year-old Stephen Anderson and 27-year-old Brandon Howard, tried to use a crow bar on the back door.

“A very vigilant and diligent neighbor had been keeping an eye on the house noticed two males prying the back door and decided to call 9-1-1,” said Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum.

Police arrived quickly and nabbed the suspects.

They're charged with attempted burglary and other crimes. 

Tom Fogarty lives right across the street. He says it's been a gut-wrenching week for the tight knit community. He has a message for anyone trying to victimize the family again.

“Let everybody else know, everybody watching. Everybody's watching,” he said.

To make matters even worse, investigators say, Anderson is a distant relative of the Murray family.

“One defendant knew that nobody was home and knew the circumstances,” said Lt. Rosenbaum.


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