At approximately 9:21 p.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Manheim Township Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Sammar Drive in Manheim Township for a burglary in progress. The victim’s doorbell rang and he went to the door to answer it. Standing on the front porch was Miles Patrick Riehl, M/26, of Havertown, PA, who was unknown to the victim. Riehl told the victim to give him food or he would hurt him. When the victims refused, Riehl pushed open the door and pushed past the victim. Out of fear, two (2) residents of the home fled from the house. Riehl then locked the victims out of their own house and began making frozen spaghetti and clams in the microwave, that came from the victim’s freezer. The value of the food was $3.00. Officers entered the residence and located Riehl taking a shower in the victim’s bathroom and was taken into physical custody. During his arrest, Riehl forcefully resisted the efforts of the officers, causing them to wrestle with him to gain control. Riehl’s resistance was eventually overcome and he was escorted out to a police vehicle and taken to Central Arraignment.
Chief Rudzinski stated, “this residence was chosen at random, but that doesn’t make it any less frightening. As hard as it must have been to flee their residence, they did the right thing by getting out quickly and calling 9-1-1. Their actions led to a quick response and apprehension without anybody being injured.”
When answering a caller at a door, regardless of the time of day, it is best to attempt to determine who is at the door prior to the door being opened. This can be accomplished using windows in or alongside the door, or installing an exterior doorbell camera similar to Ring© or Nest©. If you do not know the person, or are not expecting anyone, it is best to communicate through the closed door. As always, if you see something suspicious, we ask that you call police as the incident is occurring.”