Po­lice ar­rest man for bur­glary

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

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.

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