Man ar­rested in home in­va­sion

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A Philadel­phia man is be­hind bars in con­nec­tion with an early-morn­ing break in of a home in Hat­boro last week.

Hat­boro po­lice Chief James E. Gard­ner an­nounced the ar­rest of Sean S. Till­man, 25, last known ad­dress in the 1300 block of West Rus­comb Street, Philadel­phia, for the Feb. 2 break in of a home in the unit block of North Ch­esterAv­enue.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, at ap­prox­i­mately 7:05 a.m., po­lice re­sponded to a home in the unit block of North Ch­ester Av­enue af­ter a 67-year-old Hat­boro woman re­ported that a man­wasat­tempt­ing­tosteal­her­car.

The 911 call taker heard a strug­gle on the tele­phone­andthe­call­waster­mi­nated. Upon a sub­se­quent call back, the vic­tim re­ported that a man had forced en­try into her home and took prop­erty, in­clud­ing a com­puter, car keysan­da­cord­lesstele­phone.

While re­spond­ing to the scene, a Hat­boro po­lice of­fi­cer ob­served a man walk- phone and the vic­tim de­nied his re­quest, po­lice said. He did not leave the prop­erty and the vic­tim called 911. Till­man then forced en­try into the home and con­fronted the vic­tim and a strug­gle en­sued be­tween the two, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, Till­man then took items from the home, in­clud­ing car keys, and left the res­i­dence and at­tempted to use the keys on a ve­hi­cle which was parked in the drive­way. The keys did not work in this ve­hi­cle. Till­man then re-en­tered the home and took a tele­phone from the vic­tim, who was again speak­ing to a 911 op­er­a­tor. He WhHQ flHG RQ IRRW EHIRUH EHLQJ DSSUHhended by po­lice.

The vic­tim was not in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice also learned that Till­man at­tempted to gain en­try to a home in the unit block ofWest Mont­gomeryAv­enue by us­ing the same ruse of ask­ing to use the tele­phone. The res­i­dent of this home also de­nied the re­quest and Till­man de­parted, po­lice said.

Po­lice be­lieve that Till­man is home­less and­may­have­been­inNewYorkCi­ty­days prior to the Hat­boro in­ci­dent. He was in pos­ses­sion of other per­sonal prop­erty, such as an iPhone, that was stolen in NewYork, po­lice said.

Till­man has been charged with bur­glary, rob­bery, crim­i­nal tres­pass, theft by un­law­ful tak­ing or dis­po­si­tion, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, sim­ple as­sault, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son and ha­rass­ment, po­lice said.

He was ar­raigned by District Judge Thomas Pal­ladino of Pottstown and was re­manded to the Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in lieu of $150,000 bail, po­lice said. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled be­fore District Judge Paul Leo Feb. 12.

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