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Police, court roundup: More home break-ins, suspected drug death

Posted 10/4/16

The following are based upon a log of incidents reported by Middletown Police Department for the week of Sept. 21-28. Police reported a total of 113 incidents for the week, most of a routine nature.

Residential break-ins

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Police, court roundup: More home break-ins, suspected drug death

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The following are based upon a log of incidents reported by Middletown Police Department for the week of Sept. 21-28. Police reported a total of 113 incidents for the week, most of a routine nature.

Residential break-ins


Nine different residential burglaries were reported to Middletown police during the week of Sept. 21-28.


The burglaries did not all occur during the week in question, but all were discovered and reported to police during the week of Sept. 21-28, said Middletown Police Chief John Bey.


Most if not all of the reported burglaries are related to the string of copper thefts from vacant homes that has been plaguing the borough for months, Bey said. Police have yet to announce any arrests in the case.


However, three of the break-ins were reported to have occurred at apartments in the borough — including the ones reported at East High Street, North Spring Street, and on East Main Street.


Police have offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of whomever is behind the thefts of copper and in some cases water meters from the vacant homes.


People who have vacant homes for sale in the borough are being advised by police to keep a close eye on their property, and to take steps to make the home look occupied. These include things like keeping weeds and grass down and using a timer to keep lights on overnight.


The burglaries reported to police during the week are as follows:


1. 500 block of Spruce Street, reported to police Sept. 27.
2. 100 block of Birch Street, reported to police Sept. 26.
3. 1000 block of Chestnut Street, reported to police Sept. 26.
4. 200 block of East High Street, reported to police Sept. 25.
5. 600 block of North Spring Street, reported to police Sept. 25.
6. 800 block of Spruce Street, reported to police Sept. 25.
7. 200 block of West Water Street, reported to police Sept. 23.
8. 500 block of Laurel Avenue, reported to police Sept. 23.
9. 200 block of East Main Street, reported to police Sept. 21.

Assault report at school


A physical assault was reported to police just before 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at Fink Elementary School in the 100 block of North Race Street. Police were at the scene until 9 p.m. More information was unavailable as of press time.

Heroin overdose suspected


Middletown police are investigating a death that occurred from a suspected drug overdose.
Police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of North Union Street on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1, for what at first appeared to be a suspicious death, Bey said.


Police now believe that the individual, who has not been identified, died from overdosing heroin. Police are awaiting results of toxicology tests, Bey said.

The following information is based upon criminal complaints obtained from the office of District Judge David Judy:

Men arrested for break-ins


Two men were arrested by Middletown police on charges related to breaking into two cars parked in the Village of Pineford between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.


In both cases the dash board in both vehicles was heavily damaged, police said. In one case the stereo system was removed. In the other case an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal the stereo system. Both break-ins occurred as the vehicles were parked in the 2900 block of Pineford Drive, police said.


Arrested was Robert Andrew Milas, 26, first block of the Knollwood Building; and Patrick Graham Martz, 30, of Reading, who was staying with Milas, police said.


Both men were arraigned before District Judge James A. Lenker on Sept. 24 and charged with theft from a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, loitering and prowling at night, and public drunkenness.


Bail was set at $5,000 for each. Milas was released after posting bail but Martz was still listed as being in Dauphin County Prison.


Both men are scheduled for a Nov. 14 preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy.

Heroin found in vehicle


Police arrested two people for possessing heroin inside a vehicle that was pulled over in the 300 block of West Main Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.


Police said the driver of the vehicle, who has not been charged, had taken Maria Gonzalez-Cervantes, 23, 200 block of Rim Road in Elizabethtown; and Kyle Savage, 23, 100 block of Mark Street in Elizabethtown, to Harrisburg to buy heroin.


The driver called 911 when it appeared that Savage had overdosed in the vehicle while shooting the heroin, police said. Savage was revived shortly afterward.


Gonzalez-Cervantes and Savage were arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith. Gonzalez-Cervantes is charged with manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture and deliver; and conspiracy to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.


Savage faces the same charges, except two counts instead of one of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture and deliver.


Savage and Gonzalez-Cervantes were both listed as being in Dauphin County Prison as of press time. A preliminary hearing for both is set for Oct. 24 before District Judge David Judy.

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