Police arrest man for burglary
Police have charged a man with burglary after a victim reported a break-in into her home through a screen window.
Ernesto Menendez, 33, of Philadelphia, was arrested after police say they responded to a home for a report of a burglary in progress.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Pottstown officers responded to a home on the 100 block of Chestnut Street on Wednesday, Aug. 16, after being advised that a caller had kicked a man out of the house who had broken in.
Police arrived at the scene at 5:45 p.m. and spoke to the caller’s boyfriend who said the man went out back. Officers found a neighbor behind her residence who told police that the man was in her home.
When police entered her home, they found Menendez walking around upstairs, police said. The neighbor told police that the man had entered her home without her permission through a back door and walked around her house. She said he told her not to call police and that they were looking for him.
Police then spoke to the victim who had called and she said that she had been in the kitchen cooking when she saw a face looking through her rear screen window. She stated she saw Menendez’s arm break through the screen, push it open and climb into the home. The victim then screamed for her boyfriend who then pushed the man out the front door, police said.
The victim stated that Menendez kept continually saying to her, “you guys can’t do this to me right now.”
Menendez has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned on Aug. 17 before District Judge Scott Palladino and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 22 again before Palladino. He was unable to post the set $100,000 bail and is being held at Montgomery County Correctional Facility.