Police: York City Hall break-in last of three-location spree
A 24-year-old Philadelphia man committed crimes at two other locations Wednesday before breaking into York City Hall and attacking the city's IT servers, police say.
Kevin Isaiah Waller's spree ended when he was arrested about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of city hall, following reports that a shirtless, masked man broke in using a fire extinguisher, according to the criminal complaint.
Earlier Wednesday, Waller trespassed in a Manchester home and burglarized another in York City, police allege.
The charges against Waller include burglary and criminal trespassing, both second-degree felonies, and criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, for the city hall break-in, during which he damaged equipment in the information technology department, police say.
Upon arriving at city hall, officers noted damage to the building's perimeter doors. Waller was found in the basement hallway, the complaint stated.
Police observed damage caused by water, chemicals and physical force to doors, offices, computers and servers — worth an estimated $350,000.
"City of York emergency command staff, including public works, police department, fire department, IT and mayor's office have been in constant communication to evaluate the impact and are currently meeting in person to discuss continuity of operations," said Philip Given, acting director of community and economic development.
Waller, who was taken to York County Prison, was unable to post the $100,000 bail, according to the documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17 in front of District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr.
The Wednesday night break-in was just the final of three alleged incidents involving Waller that took place Wednesday, police say.
Earlier Wednesday, Waller was also charged in Manchester with trespassing, a third-degree misdemeanor, according to court documents.
Northeastern Regional Police responded to a call about 10 a.m. for a "psychiatric problem," according to the criminal complaint. It is unclear how the homeowner and suspect knew each other.
After an officer told Waller he had to leave the residence, he gathered his things and drove away. However, the homeowner was fearful Waller would return, so the officer parked across the street.
Waller returned about noon and was arrested, the complaint states. He later was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Around noon Thursday, police were also notified that Waller had, at some point Wednesday, burglarized a property at 128 S. George St.
Additional charges of burglary and criminal mischief will be added at the Aug. 17 preliminary hearing, said York City Police spokesperson Officer Derek Hartman.
While burglaries are always felonies, it is unclear if the criminal mischief charge also will be because a dollar amount for damages was not immediately available, Hartman said.
On Thursday evening at about 6:40 p.m., city officials announced that City Hall would be closed at least through Friday. The news release also confirmed that all of the city government's landline phones were still offline due to the "significant property damage."
A number of services on the city's website were also not functioning, the release states.
However, all "emergency and critical operations," including the police department, fire department and wastewater treatment plant, were still operational.
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