Police: Man snaps photo during North Hopewell burglary

  • Police say Charles Martin took a picture of the inside of a woman's home while he was burglarizing the house.
  • Martin, 22, of Freeland, Maryland, allegedly told officers "Prove it!" when asked about the alleged burglary.
  • Martin remains free after posting $20,000 bail.

A Maryland man had time to take a picture on Snapchat while burglarizing a southern York County home last week, according to charging documents.

When police questioned him about the alleged burglary and picture, he demanded they prove that he sent the picture, police said.

State police say Charles Ryan Martin stole a television and an Apple watch from a home in the 100 block of Gateshead Drive in North Hopewell Township on Friday, Nov. 3.

Martin, 22, of Freeland, is charged with burglary, trespass, theft, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Charles Martin

'Scared to go home': According to police, the victim reported seeing Martin's car outside her home late Friday night, and she did not know why he was there. Police did not state what the relationship between Martin and the victim was.

She left her home with a friend, and she hoped Martin's car would be gone by the time she got back, police said.

When she returned, she saw Martin's car there again, and she went to a friend's house because she was "scared to go home," court documents allege.

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She called Martin and told him to leave her home, which he refused to do, court documents state.

Martin told her he was going to take her television and things from her home, police said.

Burglary: After he allegedly told her he was going to take things from her home, she called state police. While still on the phone, she went back to her home and found Martin's car gone, according to police.

"During this time, (the victim) received a picture from Martin via Snapchat, of the television, in her bedroom, indicating he was inside (the victim's) home," Trooper Mark Brandt wrote in charging documents.

The window to the door in the back of the victim's home had been broken, and the door was unlocked, police said. The television in her room and her Apple watch were missing, according to charging documents.

'Prove it!': Troopers spoke with Martin early Saturday, Nov. 4, and he denied going to the victim's home, police said.

Additionally, police say he denied sending the victim a Snapchat photo from inside her home.

"When asked further questions about the photo, Martin stated smartly 'Prove it!'" Brandt wrote in charging documents.

Troopers tried taking Brandt into custody, but he resisted and caused a "struggle" with two troopers, police said. He continued yelling profanity at the troopers as he was arrested, and, according to police, he continued struggling as the troopers took him to their vehicle.

Martin was arraigned on the charges Saturday and sent to York County Prison, where he posted bail that day, according to prison records.

Martin hung up on a reporter when called Wednesday, Nov. 8. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29 at District Judge Laura Manifold's office.

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