Police: 'Highly impaired' shoplifter was a wanted man
A local man’s quick stop at a York-area convenience store turned into an extended stay in prison after police learned he was a wanted man.
Michael Robert Iberl, 24, of no fixed address, was arrested Friday, Oct. 13 after getting into a wrestling match with police over a soda he allegedly shoplifted. That's when they learned he had seven warrants for his arrest, police said.
West Manchester Township Police were dispatched to Sheetz at 1484 Carlisle Road about 10:45 p.m. for a report of a "highly impaired" person stumbling around the store, according to charging documents.
Police reviewing surveillance footage saw Iberl stealing a Dr. Pepper, portable cellphone battery and cellphone charging cable — items totaling about $40, documents state.
Officer Adam Jordan spotted Iberl coming out of a nearby McDonald's and confronted him, police said. But when Jordan tried to take the soda from him, Iberl pulled away and said, “Don’t touch me,” according to documents.
The two got into a "wrestling match" before Jordan shocked him in the back with a Taser and took him into custody, documents state.
Police said Iberl was extremely fidgety, sweaty and slurring his speech. He told them he hadn't slept or eaten in four days and was using molly, or ecstasy, every day "to keep himself going,” according to charging documents.
An officer searched Iberl and found a hypodermic needle containing heroin, plus stolen identification cards, which Iberl admitted to using to check into hotel rooms so he wouldn’t have to pay for the rooms, police allege.
When asked if the IDs were stolen, he said, “They definitely are, because that’s all my friend does, is steal IDs and then gives them to people,” documents state.
Iberl, who fell while being shocked, was treated for minor injuries at Memorial Hospital, police said.
At the time of his arrest, Iberl had seven outstanding warrants, according to charging documents.
Iberl remains in York County Prison on $20,000 bail, charged with resisting arrest, public drunkenness, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, retail theft and receiving stolen property.
He has a scheduled preliminary hearing for the case Dec. 19 before Judge Keith L. Albright, according to court records.
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