SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
ARREST MADE – THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE INCIDENTS
The Manheim Township Police Department has been investigating a series of Theft From Motor Vehicle incidents that occurred in both Manheim and Lancaster Townships. These Theft From Motor Vehicle incidents occurred between January 10, 2018 and February 5, 2018. On Friday, February 9, 2018, Detective Christopher Dissinger filed charges against De’amija De’amonte Robertson, M/18, of West King Street, Lancaster, PA, after he was determined to be responsible for this rash of criminal acts. Robertson was charged with Forty-three (43) counts of Theft From Motor Vehicle. Of the forty-three (43) vehicles Robertson entered, only two (2) were locked; the rest were unlocked.
Robertson was identified as the responsible party after investigating officers located an abandoned cell phone at one of the crime scenes. The cell phone was traced back to Robertson and a search warrant for his residence obtained. Upon execution of the search warrant at his residence, investigators located a pair of shoes whose tread pattern prints matched those found at several of the crime scenes. Robertson was interviewed about these incidents and admitted to breaking into several vehicles.
Robertson was arraigned before MDJ Mary Sponaugle who set bail at $100,000.00 unsecured. Robertson was subsequently released.
Chief Thomas Rudzinski wants to remind the public not to become complacent. “Those who are intent on stealing from us know just where to go to find unlocked vehicles and valuable property. By locking our cars, we take away the opportunity for the crime to even occur, and it will likely keep them from coming back. Even though we made an arrest, there are still others out there who are looking to take advantage us. Lock your cars, remove your valuables, leave outside lights on at night, and call 9-1-1 as soon as you see something suspicious.”