Pottstown Man Charged in Alleged Theft at Home Depot
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A Pottstown man, arrested Saturday (Oct. 3, 2020) by Lower Pottsgrove Police Department officers, faces six theft-related charges following an incident in which he allegedly attempted to steal merchandise valued at about $1,600 from the Home Depot store in the township, according to the department’s CrimeWatch website.
Michael Adrian Metz, 58, of East High Street, Pottstown, is accused by police of separate felony and misdemeanor counts of retail theft, three counts of receiving stolen property, and theft by unlawful taking, according to court records.
Police said they responded shortly after 1:30 p.m. to the store, 295 Armand Hammer Blvd., where its security personnel reported a theft-in-progress. While en route there police heard from store security that a male suspect had fled, and provided them with a description. Officers were able to locate the suspect, later identified as Metz, on Armand Hammer near its intersection with Medical Drive, and took him into custody, the web report stated.
A Home Depot loss prevention officer told police “that Metz entered the store and filled a shopping cart with landscaping tools and other merchandise.” He then attempted to leave the store “without paying for the items,” and “was stopped by loss prevention but fled from the store,” police claimed.
Security staffers also claimed Metz was in the store two days earlier, on Thursday (Oct. 1), riding an electric scooter the store provides to those who need them. “Once inside the store Metz placed items into the scooter, and then drove out of the store without paying for the merchandise,” police also alleged. “Metz then drove the scooter off the store property with the stolen merchandise,” the report added.
The value of merchandise allegedly taken Thursday was estimated at $198.
Court records show Metz was scheduled for preliminary arraignment Saturday before Magisterial District Justice Edward Levine. Police reported he was “transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility for processing and housing,” and later released on unsecured bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Pottstown courtroom of Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.