Two local men are in Montgomery County Jail after Upper Perk Police and Pennsylvania State Police, Skippack barracks, charged them with burglary, theft and related offenses in connection with several crimes in Pennsburg and Upper Hanover in July.
State police said Lee Slack Jr., 20, of the 1200 block of St. Pauls Church Road, Upper Hanover, and Christopher Rementer, 19, of the 200 block of E. Sixth Street, Red Hill, were behind two bold nighttime burglaries, while the homes’ occupants slept, on Jodie Court in Pennsburg and Oakwood Drive in Upper Hanover, as well as thefts from vehicles on Creekview Drive, Jodie Court and Geryville Pike in Upper Hanover.
According to court documents, during the overnight hours of July 8-9, Slack Jr. and Rementer stole a Taurus .38 Special revolver, wallet, military ID card and driver’s license from a vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Geryville Pike in Upper Hanover and a wallet containing credit cards and a driver’s license from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Creekview Drive in Upper Hanover.
Court papers went on to say that during the early morning hours of July 25, the men hit three more targets: a home in the 1000 block of Jodie Court, a home in the 2000 block of Oakwood Drive and a vehicle in the 1000 block of Jodie Court. They stole a laptop computer, iPod, wallet and purse, containing driver’s licenses and credit and debit cards from the home on Jodie Court, while getting away with more than $3,800 worth of jewelry, computers, a digital camera, Blackberry, GPS devices and a bike, among other items, from the home on Oakwood Drive.
Police said the men stole $30 in loose change from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Jodie Court the same day.
Officer James Lavin, of Upper Perk Police, is credited with making the arrests following an investigation, said Upper Perk Police Sgt. F. Robert Seville.
The men were arraigned Wednesday by Judge Catherine Hummel-Fried of Red Hill District Court on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at night, carrying a firearm without a license and receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $100,000 each. Both men were remanded to jail in lieu of bail.
Both men were subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, and Rementer with criminal trespassing, after what police are calling a botched attempted robbery at Redner’s Market, 58 E. Sixth St. in Red Hill, around 8 p.m. July 24. In that incident the men entered the store wearing dark clothing and Halloween masks, police said, and mumbled something to a cashier before running out of the store.
A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. in Red Hill.