This past Saturday morning (August 22), police in two Pennsylvania cities arrested individuals who not only broke into homes, but seemed to make themselves at home after doing so.
In Greene Township, near Erie, State Police troopers were called to the home of a 44-year-old woman who discovered a stranger in her house when she awoke from sleep. Perhaps proving that housebreaking truly is dirty work, Casey James Shaffer, 24, was found taking a shower and doing his laundry in the house. He was arrested on charges of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and loitering and prowling at night.
In New Castle, Pennsylvania, police were called when a resident came downstairs and discovered that her house had been broken into and various items taken. Cabinets had been opened, furniture moved, and a safe had been carried out onto the back porch. In the garage copper pipes and fittings that were stored there had been loaded into a wicker basket, ready to be carried away.
Apparently all that hard work was too much for Spencer Peak, 21, and his female companion, who police have not identified. When officers arrived at about 4:35 am, they found the pair asleep in the garage of the house. Peak was dozing in a wicker chair, and the woman was lying on the floor in a blanket. Various items that had been taken from the house, including the homeowner’s purse, were found in Peak’s lap.
Outside the house, police found three bottles of alcohol.
Peak has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft, loitering and prowling at night, and criminal mischief. No charges have so far been filed against his companion.
Sources: ncnewsonline.com; news.yahoo.com
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