Police: West Manheim Twp. man stole $10K worth of electronics

Christopher Dornblaser

A West Manheim Township man was arrested Thursday after police say he stole more than $10,000 in electronics and DVDs from unlocked vehicles in the township.

Joshua James Williams, 28, of Zachary Drive, was charged with theft, theft from motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at night, tampering with evidence and drug charges, according to West Manheim Township Police.

Theft: In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, about 800 Redbox DVDs and games, as well as computers, cash and other electronics, total valued at $10,000, were stolen from unlocked cars on Art Drive, Dunmore Drive, Wanda Drive and Galway Drive, police said.

Joshua Williams

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, a resident reported a suspicious car in the 200 block of Joshua Drive. When an officer arrived, Williams was seen rummaging through a car parked in the 100 block of Joshua Drive, police said. Williams allegedly fled into a wooded area on foot, according to police.

Officers from West Manheim Township and Penn Township searched for Williams, but police say he managed to get away. However, Williams' vehicle was owned by his girlfriend, and his photo ID was found inside the car, according to police. A few hours later, Williams was arrested at his Zachary Drive home, police said.

Stolen DVDs, computers and electronics as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in his car, according to police. Williams allegedly took the DVDs out of their Redbox cases and threw out the cases, police said.

Police say a few hundred cases were found in a dumpster on Frederick Street in Hanover.

Williams remains in York County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.