Still photo of an alleged prowler taken from video posted Wednesday to the Turnberry Farms Facebook page
UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – A Pottstown man, who Upper Pottsgrove Township police allege made late-night and early-morning excursions through and around private properties in the Turnberry Farms housing community since late January, was arrested Thursday (Feb. 2, 2017) and charged with four counts each of trespassing, and loitering and prowling, their press release reported.
Michael A. Fitzsimmons, 32, a resident of the 1200 block of North Hanover Road in Pottstown, was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Justice Maurice Saylor, failed to post a cash bail, and is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA. He is awaiting a Feb. 10 (Friday) preliminary hearing, according to court docket sheets.
Police claim surveillance cameras set up by several anxious home owners, in the community on the west side of North Charlotte Street, captured still images and video of the suspect trekking through front and back yards, between fences, and in one instance up the stairs of a porch. Photos and video footage posted to Facebook and other social media sites served to “get the word out about the suspect,” the release said.
The sightings and related reports also prompted a week of heightened night police patrols by the department, including officer foot patrols along Meadowview Lane and Whitespire Circle.
Fitzsimmons was initially found Wednesday (Feb. 1) at 6:45 a.m. on nearby Juniper Street, after a resident made a 9-1-1 call to report sighting him. He was detained by police and identified, but subsequently released. Further investigation then linked Fitzsimmons to evidence collected by police from cooperating residents, allowing them to “quickly identify and arrest the suspect in this case,” they said. The release thanked them “for a job well done.”
Video image captured from Facebook