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Township Police Assist Searching For Suspect

GILBERTSVILLE PA – Lower Pottsgrove police were among law enforcers from four different area agencies who worked early Monday morning (Jan. 11, 2016) to locate and arrest a male suspect charged with loitering, prowling at night, and theft-related offenses that allegedly occurred in the Greenbriar housing community off Grosser Road, according to the Douglass (Montgomery) Township Police Department.

Douglass police did not identify the individual, who they said had been out on bail from previous burglary and drug-related charges. He was arraigned and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA while awaiting a preliminary hearing, the department noted Tuesday (Jan. 12) in a status update on its Facebook page.

Police said they responded Monday at about 12:30 a.m. to a caller from Penny Lane in Greenbriar who reported a suspicious person in the area. Upon their arrival, police discovered an unattended white Acura Integra automobile, not registered to any address in Greenbriar, parked on the lane. It was similar to vehicles seen during weeks past in surrounding jurisdictions where automotive break-ins had occurred, police noted.

Units from the Lower and Upper Pottsgrove, and New Hanover police departments were called to assist Douglass in searching the area for the suspicious person. As it turned out, the Facebook post reported, the later-arrested suspect came to police instead.

After the search began, the man was “seen walking back to the Acura, where an officer from New Hanover … was waiting,” Douglass police added. He matched a description given by the initial caller, they said, and he admitted to owning the Acura.

“Officers also located several cars in the area that had been rummaged through, and recovered stolen items throughout yards in the development. After speaking with other residents in the neighborhood, we found that several of them had observed the male on their properties, and witnessed him trying to hide from police in their back yards,” the Facebook item continued.

A detailed investigation was followed by the subject’s arrest. Douglass offered its thanks to their colleagues in the other three townships, as well as Penny Lane residents, for their help.

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