Police: Teens' crime spree ends with Hanover-area home invasion

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • Penn Twp. Police said the four teens are charged with additional charges for other crimes.

A crime spree allegedly perpetrated by four Hanover-area teens ended when they were arrested for an armed home-invasion robbery, according to Penn Township Police Chief Jim Laughlin.

Three of them are juveniles, he said, but all four Penn Township residents have been charged as adults.

Brandon Zumbrum

Brandon Lee Zumbrum, 18, of York Street;  is in York County Prison on $35,000 bail, while Stephen Michael Noel, 17, of Baugher Drive, and Alex James Myers, 17, of McAllister Street, are in prison on $25,000 bail each. Kaid Ryan Oberdorff, 16, of Frederick Street, is free on $25,000 bail.

According to charging documents, the teens donned masks and knocked on the door of a home on Stuart Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. May 23.

One brandished a gun, and another wielded a knife, police allege.

"These individuals had some knowledge that there was supposed to be money in the residence," Laughlin said.

Held at gunpoint: They pushed their way inside after the woman who lives there answered the door, then took turns holding her and her female friend at gunpoint in the living room, documents allege.

Alex James Myers

Police later learned the gun wasn't real — it was an airsoft gun, according to charging documents.

While the women were being held against their will, the men searched the home and stole $500 cash, about $300 in change, a small amount of marijuana, prescription pain pills and three glass bongs, police allege.

Ten or 15 minutes after barging into the home, the foursome fled out the back door with the stolen property, documents state.

Earlier break-in: The resident told officers her home had been burglarized about two weeks before the home-invasion robbery, on May 11, according to police.

She didn't report that burglary, police said.

But the next day, Myers showed up at her home, identified himself by his first name and said he'd heard about the break-in and had been sent there to check on her, documents allege.

Stephen Noel

Myers later admitted to police someone told him there was cash and marijuana in the woman's home, according to police.

Oberdorff confessed he brandished the knife and that Myers had a pellet gun, documents state.

Crime spree: Laughlin said the four teens  committed other crimes during a brief spree in the Penn Township area.

"They were doing all kinds of things, but this is, obviously, the most serious," he said.

The four didn't always commit crimes together, according to the chief. Sometimes they'd do a crime as a duo or trio, he said.

Those crimes include burglary and thefts, according to the chief.

Kaid Oberdorff

Penn Township Officer Steve Gebhart Jr. investigated, linked the crimes and filed charges against the foursome, Laughlin said.

Zumbrum, Myers, Noel and Oberdorff are charged with robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit those offenses and two counts each of attempted simple assault and making terroristic threats, according to court documents.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.