SANATOGA PA – Two male youths, who last month allegedly burglarized a Lower Pottsgrove home and made off with but later abandoned an armload of Christmas gifts, have been arrested, the township police department reported Monday (Jan. 18, 2016).
Lower Pottsgrove Det. Dan Kienle said the juveniles, whose names and addresses are not being publicly released because of their ages (16 and 17, respectively), have been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy in relation to the incident that occurred Dec. 22 (2015) in the 900 block of Ivy Lane.
Forensic evidence recovered from the presents and the scene linked the two to the burglary, Kienle claimed.
They were taken into custody Friday (Jan. 15), according to a press release, and currently are being held at the Montgomery County Youth Center in Norristown PA. Police Chief Michael Foltz had earlier told the township Board of Commissioners arrests in the case were pending.
Police were alerted to the Dec. 22 burglary-in-progress at 1:51 p.m. A female resident who was alone in the home at the time said she heard its doorbell ring, then looked out a second-story window to see a male subject on its front porch. When she did not answer the front door, a second male apparently entered shortly after through an unsecured rear door, the sergeant indicated.
The woman surprised the second suspect in the home’s first-floor foyer. He fled outside, and across adjacent property owned by Brookside Country Club. The woman, who was not harmed, called for police. Lower Pottsgrove officers said they arrived within minutes, established a search perimeter, and also notified Pottstown police of the incident.
The resident subsequently discovered gifts were missing from beneath the home’s Christmas tree. They were later found abandoned in a nearby wooded area.
With assistance from the Pottstown department, two juvenile suspects “matching the description” supplied by the victim were encountered along, and allegedly tried to flee from, the 700 block of North Franklin Street. They were initially apprehended “and detained for investigative purposes,” police said.
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