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Baltimore man nabbed in burglary in Middletown Borough

Middletown Police arrested and charged a Baltimore man in connection with a burglary and attempted burglary of two homes on the north side of Middletown.

Diehl Michael 6 23 16Michael C. Diehl, 22, has been charged with burglary for his role in the break-in Fri., June 17 of a home in the 1000 block of Plane St. An HP laptop computer and an iPad with an estimated valued of more than $1,000 were reported stolen from the residence.

Police also charged Diehl with criminal attempt burglary for an attempted burglary of another home located in the 1000 block of Cypress Street.

 Diehl has also been charged with two unrelated drug offenses, intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement officer, police said.

 “An alert citizen provided real-time information to the 911 center of the location of the suspect and another male that led to their detention and investigation early Wednesday morning (June 22),” said Middletown Police Chief John Bey. “She recognized the one male from an alert provided during a neighborhood canvas by patrol officers, and called immediately. Information developed by interviewing these suspects led police to a residence in the 1100 Block of Cypress Street, where a search warrant was served on the residence and police recovered numerous items of stolen property.”

Bey said police were further assisted in their investigation after viewing a video provided by a neighbor. Bey said the home surveillance tape showed Diehl attempting to break into the Cypress St. home on June 17.

6 17 16 BurgrlaryMtownDiehl was arraigned June 22 before District Judge Raymond Shugars and held at Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 1, at 9 a.m. before District Judge David Judy in Royalton.

Bey said the accused had been staying at a residence in the 1100 block of Cypress St.

This is a fine example of the ability of alert citizens helping police to bring a successful conclusion to a crime spree in their neighborhood,” Bey said. “The Middletown Police Department thanks all those who helped with this case and provided tips that we diligently followed up on.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:43

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Cupcakes and clocks?

Almost 100 years ago, the Mothers Congress Circle, a charitable organization, sold cupcakes to help raise money to buy the clock. The town clock, located at the corner of N. Union & Emaus streets in Middletown, PA, returned on June 15, 2016 after an extensive restoration.


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Watch new traffic lights go up in downtown Middletown

New traffic signals were placed in downtown Middletown June 22, 2016 as part of the Borough's streetscape program. Workers labored over an hour to complete the task.


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Middletown Home Burglarized Fri., June 17 in broad daylight

6 17 16 BurgrlaryMtownMiddletown Police are looking for an individual who burglarized a home in the 1000 block of Plane Street, Middletown, PA during the afternoon of Fri., June 17.

Police said the burglar stole an HP laptop and an iPad some time during the early afternoon hours. The suspect was last seen heading towards Aspen Street at 2 p.m., police said

An alert sent out by the department noted the suspect is thin, with brown hair, brown mustache and a goatee. Reportedly he was wearing blue jeans and a tan hoodie.  

Police said the residents not at the home when the burglary occurred although they contacted police to report the theft. It was not noted if the home had been broken into to gain entry.

6 16 MtownPDBadgeThe public is asked to contact police at (717) 902-0706 or call Dauphin Co. Dispatch 911 if they have any information about the incident.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2016 06:34

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Public's help sought in Middletown theft investigation

RiteAid2Middletown Police have released photographs of an individual believed to be a “person of interest” in connection with a theft investigation.

Middletown Police Chief John Bey told the Press And Journal the incident took place at a convenience store in the borough. He stressed the incident did not involve public safety.

Additional details about the case were not released by the police. “This is a minor retail theft case and the investigating officer is hoping for some assistance,” Chief Bey said. riteAid1“We are in the midst of the very beginning of the investigation and don’t want to release any additional information that may hamper the case.” An officer did say no harm to the public took place as a result of the theft.

Anyone having information about the person in the photos is requested to contact Middletown Police at (717) 558-6900 or may submit an anonymous tip through Nixle at

The request for assistance was released by police on Mon., June 13 at 7:30 a.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 09:02

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