Police nab 4 teen burglars - and 1 cat burglar - in Mount Wolf
Four teenagers from the Manchester/Mount Wolf area are in custody after police surrounded them and arrested them one by one inside an abandoned building, according to Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo.
The teens also burglarized a nearby home on Maple Street in Manchester borough on Thursday, Nov. 1, the chief said.
A short time after the burglary happened, a witness spotted four teens breaking into the abandoned New York Wire office building in the 100 block of North Main Street in Mount Wolf, Rizzo said.
That was about noon, according to police.
"We surrounded the building," Rizzo told The York Dispatch. "They tried to get out, but they weren't successful."
Northeastern Regional officers had tactical shields brought to the scene and — with assistance from York County sheriff's deputies — went inside, according to the chief.
"Three suspects were apprehended inside the building," Rizzo said, all of them juveniles.
Hid in rafters: The fourth suspect — 19-year-old Joshua Patrick Rickrode — didn't make it easy for police to arrest him.
"We were having trouble finding him because he was hiding in the roof," the chief said. "He hid himself pretty well."
Firefighters from York Area United Fire & Rescue's Manchester Township station brought in a ladder truck, which lifted officers onto the roof of the building to see if they could find Rickrode from above, according to Rizzo.
Officers also climbed above the building's ceiling, at which point they were able to arrest Rickrode as he hid between the drop ceiling and rafters, the chief said.
"They found him hiding in a corner, wrapped in plastic," he said. That was about 3 p.m.
Evidence found: All four were taken to the Northeastern Regional police station for questioning.
"Inside the building we found evidence that will possibly tie these four suspects to the burglary," Rizzo said.
The teens broke a window to get inside the New York Wire building, and some of them suffered cuts on their hands, he said, adding they were treated at the scene. One of the juveniles might be a runaway, he said.
Rickrode is now charged with burglary, criminal trespass, conspiracy and theft for allegedly burglarizing his neighbor's home in the 400 block of Maple Street about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
He lives in the same block as the home he allegedly broke into, charging documents state.
Jewelry, safe stolen: Rickrode threw a brick through the window of the home, after which he and the juveniles with him stole a small safe, jewelry and prescription medication, charging documents allege.
Less than two hours later, they were spotted breaking into the New York Wire building, according to documents, which state the building's owner had left the building secured and posted "no trespassing" signs.
For the New York Wire break-in, Rickrode is charged with the second-degree felony of criminal trespass and is in York County Prison on $150,000 bail. He's being held on $1,000 bail in the burglary case, court records state.
Also assisting police at the scene were crews from Eagle Fire Co., Rizzo said.
It's the second time in a week that Rickrode was arrested for allegedly trespassing on New York Wire property.
On Oct. 25, a neighbor witnessed Rickrode and a juvenile throw a couch over a fence and onto the property, documents state.
Police arrested Rickrode and took the juvenile, who was a runaway, into custody, charging documents state.
Cat burglar? Rizzo took a fifth trespasser into custody Thursday inside the New York Wire building — a young cat that's very friendly, he said.
Police posted a photo of the kitten on social media and joked that it could be the department's new mascot.
The police department's Facebook followers were soon commenting about the kitten, with several people offering to adopt it. A number of others urged police to keep the kitten.
For now, the lucky feline has been dubbed "Li'l Chief" and is staying in Rizzo's office until a good home can be found, police said. The chief's office now includes a kitty bed, litter box and feeding station for Li'l Chief, police said.
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