Po­lice: Neigh­borly tip leads to bur­glary ar­rest

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twitter

A man was ar­rested by po­lice leav­ing a house he had al­legedly bro­ken into thanks to a tip from a neigh­bor.

UP­PER UWCHLAN >> A Philadel­phia man was taken into cus­tody by town­ship po­lice leav­ing a house he had al­legedly bro­ken into and taken var­i­ous items, af­ter a sus­pi­cious neigh­bor con­tacted au­thor­i­ties about his pres­ence at the prop­erty.

Po­lice on Mon­day charged Ryan Code, 34, of North Ca­mac Street in Philadel­phia, with bur­glary, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, theft by un­law­ful tak­ing, crim­i­nal tres­pass, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon.

Code was ar­raigned be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Lori Donatelli, who set bail at $10,000 cash on the charges. He was taken to Ch­ester County Prison af­ter fail­ing to post bail, and is await­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by po­lice, at ap­prox­i­mately 7 a.m. Mon­day po­lice re­sponded to the home in the 600 block of Green­ridge Road north of Marsh Creek Lake for a re­port of a sus­pi­cious per­son. The call was made by an ob­ser­vant neigh­bor that wit­nessed a man at a res­i­dence in

which the home­own­ers were away at the time.

Po­lice ar­rived and ap­pre­hended a man later iden­ti­fied as Code ex­it­ing the in­side of the home, and at­tempt­ing to flee into a wooded area be­hind the house. In the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice dis­cov­ered a first-floor door had been forced open.

Code al­legedly had items in his pos­ses­sion that were taken from the in­side of the house. Po­lice con­ducted a search of the area around the home and dis­cov­ered that items from the house were lo­cated in the wooded area within close prox­im­ity of the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike. All the items stolen in the al­leged bur­glary have been re­cov­ered, with as­sis­tance from the Ch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Ca­nine Unit, and po­lice from West Vin­cent and Uwchlan.

Up­per Uwchlan po­lice em­pha­sized the need for com­mu­nity mem­bers to call 911 when they ob­serve a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle or per­son in their neigh­bor­hood. The im­me­di­ate ac­tion of mem­bers from the com­mu­nity was in­stru­men­tal in the apprehension of this sub­ject, po­lice said.

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