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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Child finds burglar suspect in house

  • A child found a man hiding in a room of the house on North Colony Cove Road, Palmyra Township, late Saturday night, August 30, State Police Blooming Grove said. Police arrived on scene and took the man into custody, finding jewelry in his pockets that has been taken from the home.
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  • A child found a man hiding in a room of the house on North Colony Cove Road, Palmyra Township, late Saturday night, August 30, State Police Blooming Grove said. Police arrived on scene and took the man into custody, finding jewelry in his pockets that has been taken from the home.
    The intruder was identified by police as Patrick Porter, age 53, of Greentown.
    When Trooper Robert Golden arrived at about 11:30 p.m., he observed Porter sitting on a bench outside the victim's residence with the victim standing next to him. Porter was taken into custody and read his Miranda rights.
    Jewelry that Porter was accused to have taken from the residence was under the bench.
    The victim had arrived back at the house that evening with his wife and two young children. One of the children found the accused hiding in the day room. The victim related to police that Porter has been a drifter in the area and has come to his house before looking for work in the past few months.
    Items allegedly found on the defendant's person that were taken from the house or the the victim's unlocked vehicle in the driveway included $124 cash; two cell phones; two silver rings; seven silver bracelets; one gold chain; three silver chains and one pager.
    According to the affidavit filed by State Police, the victim also told police that he also owns the house across the street at 110 North Colony Cove Road. The main house there is under renovations and the victim's mother lives in the guest house on the property. On August 26, his mother heard a doorbell ring; she looked out a window and saw the defendant- who she recognized from having come around seeking work. Porter was allegedly seen leaving the main house carrying a large bag with handles. The main house had been unlocked at the time.
    The victim related that watches and jewelry were missing from the main house.
    A vehicle was parked in the driveway not belonging to the victim. State Police determined it was registered to Porter's wife Trooper Golden reported observing in plain sight on the front passenger seat of the vehicle, tools commonly used in burglaries such as a flat crowbar, hammer and soft felt cloth used to dampen the noise of breaking glass.
    Porter was transported to Pike County Prison and charged with Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Possessing Instruments of a Crime. Trooper Golden said that Porter was also found to be on State parole at the time of this incident.

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