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Lower Swatara Twp. Police News 11/16/2016

Following is a compilation of reports from the Lower Swatara Twp. Police Department. Please be aware all those charged/cited are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

$2,500 and no camper

Police said a township resident thought he was buying a camper on Craigslist but ultimately discovered that he had been bilked out of $2,500.

Investigators report the victim told police he had found a camper for sale on the Internet site and decided to buy it for the asking price of $2,000. Police said pictures of the camper were included in the Craigslist ad along with an explanation that its owner needed to quickly sell the vehicle because they were leaving the country soon for a military posting in Japan. 

As part of completion of their purchase, the victim bought and sent four $500 Visa cards to the seller on Oct. 28. A notice was sent by the seller to the township resident that an additional $500 was needed to pay for shipment of the camper. 

The victim became suspicious after he had sent a fifth Visa card and received no other contact from the seller. Police were called into action Oct. 30 to investigate the matter.

Investigators said they have little hope the victim will be able to recover his money. Reportedly the victim contacted the credit card company he had used but was told nothing could be done.

Charged with assault

Mark Zeiders, 48, of the 1000 block of North Union Street, Middletown, has been charged with simple assault following a domestic disturbance between him and his girlfriend at their residence, police report. 

Police said Zeiders has been charged with grabbing the 26-year-old township resident by her neck, slamming her against a car and striking her in the face on Nov. 5. The victim refused an offer for medical attention.

Zeiders was taken into custody on Nov. 5, arraigned before District Judge Kenneth Lenker and placed in Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $10,000 in cash bail, records noted. The accused is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith on Nov. 23 for a preliminary hearing on the charge.

DUI charge

Caryn Lubic, 26, of the 1000 block of Georgetown Road, Middletown, has been charged with two counts of DUI controlled substance and a single count of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.02 or greater while having a suspended license, police report.

Lubic was arrested at 10:14 p.m. Oct. 14 following a traffic stop on Meade Avenue at West Harrisburg Pike, an arrest reported noted. The arresting officer said the accused was driving a 2012 Ford Focus and stopped because the car was being driven 5 to 8 mph below the road’s posted 25 mph limit. Reportedly an interview with Lubic turned into a DUI investigation, after which she was taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. 

Records noted a sample of Lubic’s blood as drawn to test for the possible presence of intoxicants. Results of the tests were not reported.

The accused is scheduled to appear before District Justice Michael Smith on Dec. 15 for a preliminary hearing on the charges.

2 bicycles stolen

Two bicycles were reported stolen from a home in the 20 block of Nelson Manor Lane on Oct. 24.

Police said the bikes were taken from a shed that was adjacent to the home. It was noted the shed was not locked at the time. One of the bicycles, a “Mongoose,” is black and white and was valued at $400. The second bike, a mountain bike style vehicle, is orange and valued at $150.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Cash, check, jewelry stolen

Loss was anticipated at more than $1,000 in a burglary at the Brookside Diner and Lounge, police reported.

Investigators believe the theft took place some time during the early morning hours of Oct. 24 at the business on South Eisenhower Boulevard. 

Although no signed of forced entry was found, police did say a closet in the business had been forced open. 

Police said cash, a check and a bracelet are among the items reported stolen but a complete inventory of what may have been taken has yet to be completed.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Xbox computer stolen

An Xbox computer valued at $400 was reported stolen from a township residence in the 10 block of Richard Avenue, police report.

The victim told police he believes it was stolen Nov. 5. Investigators said they don’t believe the home was broken into. They added that area retailers have been contacted to be on the lookout for the Xbox should someone attempt to sell it.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 717-939-0463.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:19

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Copper burglar suspect arrested

A man believed responsible for “the vast majority” of copper burglaries from vacant homes in Middletown over the past several months has been arrested by borough police — along with a woman who police say aided the man in at least one of the thefts.jamesgoodlingWEB2James Goodling

James J. Goodling, 43, of Caravan Court, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and charged with four of the 14 copper burglaries that have occurred. He was placed in Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 18 before District Judge David Judy. 

Police believe Goodling will eventually “be linked to the vast majority” of the 14 copper burglaries, Chief John Bey told the Press And Journal on Nov. 10.

The four burglaries Goodling is charged with occurred on Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Sept. 19 and Oct. 21, according to online court records. All four were vacant homes in the north side of Middletown, according to a press release put out by borough police on Nov. 9. 

Goodling has not confessed to any of the copper burglaries involving homes south of Main Street in Middletown — one of which occurred at a home on Race Street just a few doors up from the police station at Race and Emaus streets.

The 14 copper burglaries are among over 20 burglaries of homes throughout Middletown that have occurred since June. Police are investigating whether any of these other burglaries — beyond the 14 involving the theft of copper from vacant homes — can be linked to Goodling.

Goodling committed the thefts to support his heroin habit, Bey said. He would get about $80 by pawning the copper that he stole from each residence, police said.

The copper burglaries — most of which Goodling has yet to be charged with — were occurring about once a week. Police believe that Goodling was breaking into vacant homes and stealing just enough copper piping to support his heroin habit for a week, before he would need to find another home to break into, Bey said.

Goodling did not have a vehicle and committed the break-ins on foot. He would place the stolen copper in a duffel bag that he carried around with him, Bey said.

Goodling’s alleged crime wave shows how much cheaper it is to support a heroin habit today than in the past. In this area today a heroin habit can be supported by just $10 to $20 a day, compared to as much as $100 a day years ago, according to Richard Brandt, who in July retired as police chief of Lower Swatara Township. 

Goodling may have only been getting $80, but the 14 break-ins have caused thousands of dollars in damage to the vacant homes, police said.

In just the four vacant properties that Goodling has been charged with, the estimated damage from the break-ins totals more than $12,000, police said.

Police had been investigating the copper thefts for months. Many of the thefts were discovered by police checking utility records and then going to vacant properties where the water and electricity had been turned off. In September, police announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the copper culprits.

Police had several suspects, but the break leading to Goodling came after police received a report of a table saw being stolen Oct. 21 from a residence in the 300 block of East High Street that was being renovated to be sold. 

The saw was pawned at a pawn shop on Walnut Street in Harrisburg. Documents from the transaction identified the seller as Danae Leeann Fox, 48, of the first block of Hummel Lane in Middletown, whom police say drove Goodling to the pawn shop. Video surveillance from the pawn shop also showed Fox with an unidentified male who turned out to be Goodling, police said. 

A search warrant of Goodling’s residence uncovered evidence tying Goodling to the four break-ins. “More (of the break-ins) will be solved as detectives sort through the evidence collected” from Goodling’s residence, police said in the press release said.

Fox was also arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property, and theft by deception. She was freed after posting $25,000 unsecured bail and her preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 28.

Otherwise, the investigation into the copper burglaries is still ongoing and the $2,000 reward is still available, Bey said. Anyone with information is asked to call Middletown police at 717-902-0627 or 717-558-6900.

Police also advise residents “remain vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity in neighborhoods containing vacant houses.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:06

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Man faces charges after owner catches him breaking into his car

A Lower Swatara Township was caught breaking into a car at Schiavoni Park in August, and now faces charges from the incident, police reported.

Shelby Miller, of the 400 block of Hollywood Drive in Lower Swatara, faces charges of theft from a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct-hazardous/physically offensive conduct and public drunkenness.

Miller approached the car’s owner, who was preparing to take rafts on the Swatara Creek with his wife and sister at about 8:45 p.m. Aug. 14, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Miller asked to go along with them, but the car owner refused. 

The man said that when they got to Schiavoni Park, he heard his car alarm going off, and found his 2016 Honda Accord with a broken driver’s side window and Miller in the vehicle, rummaging through belongings, according to the affidavit. Miller was wearing the man’s sunglasses atop his head, the affidavit said.

The car owner confronted Miller and “became threatened,” the affidavit said. He then wrestled Miller to the ground, struggled with him, and then held him there until Hummelstown Police arrived at the scene, the affidavit said.

Police found Miller was carrying two Samsung Galaxy S6 phones valued at $699 each, $26 cash and a pair of sunglasses valued at $17. The car owner’s wallet was not located. Police said there was a minimum of $1,000 damage to the car, including the broken window, dented door and fender. 

Miller is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on the charges at 10 a.m., Nov. 23 before District Judge Michael Smith.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:29

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Police roundup: Borough man charged with domestic assault, items stolen from cars

The following is a compilation of major criminal activity reported by Middletown Police Department, based upon the incident log for the week of Oct. 27 to Nov. 2. Some of the information also comes from criminal complaints obtained through the office of District Judge David Judy.

A total of 140 incidents were reported by police for the week, among them 16 traffic stops resulting in an arrest or citation, including two DUI arrests.

Police also reported three cases of criminal mischief, four cases of harassment, two cases of disorderly conduct, two reportable accidents, and two cases reported of suspected child abuse. 

Police reported five separate residential burglaries, all related to the ongoing investigation of copper thefts from vacant homes in the borough, according to Police Chief John Bey.

The residential burglaries were reported in the 200 block of Adelia Street on Nov. 1, in Genesis Court on Nov. 1, in the 500 block of North Spring Street on Oct. 31, in the 900 block of Vine Street on Oct. 27, and another in the 200 block of Adelia Street on Oct. 27.

Man charged in domestic assault

Anthony Daniel Seitz, 28, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal mischief after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a residence in the first block of Caravan Court on Nov. 1.

The fight stemmed from a dispute over not paying a delinquent electric bill to the borough, according to arrest papers filed by borough police. 

Seitz was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 14 before Judy.

Theft from car

Personal checks and other papers were reported stolen from inside a car that was parked in the 300 block of Conewago Street. The theft was reported to police shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Man charged with stealing iPod

Brandon Brooks, 34, of the 3500 block of Fifth Street in Harrisburg, was charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception related to the theft of an iPod from a residence in the first block of Vagabond Road on Oct. 30.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 28 before Judy.

Items stolen from unlocked car

Various tools and a pair of Oakley-brand sunglasses were reported stolen from a victim’s unlocked car in the 400 block of South Catherine Street on Oct. 29. 

The driver’s side door was unlocked, police said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:16

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Police file charges for car break-ins

Reid EndreaPolice charged Endrea John Reid, 19, of Harrisburg, with theft from auto, false identification to law enforcement and loitering and prowling. 

Reid was caught entering an unlocked car at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the 500 block of Mountainview Road in the Rosedale complex, according to Lower Swatara Police.

Detective Ryan Gartland worked a detail that night to snare a thief who had been entering cars late at night. He caught the Reid in a resident’s car wearing gloves, carrying three charging cords, a paracord bracelet, a black iPod Nano, iPhone 6 and a case for glasses. Reid was also carrying $23 cash and $1.03 in Canadian coins.

Gartland reported that the man confessed to several thefts in Lower Swatara Township and Highspire borough.

Reid was arrested in October on outstanding warrants while police developed the case for theft from a vehicle. Harrisburg police charged him with aggravated assault, robbery and other related crimes in March. Bail for the Harrisburg charges was set at $75,000. 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 11:50

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