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West Shore man charged in violent home invasion on South Union: Middletown Police Roundup

Posted 8/9/17

Middletown police have charged a Mechanicsburg man with the home invasion of an apartment in the first block of South Union Street on July 29.

According to police, the victim returned home after …

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West Shore man charged in violent home invasion on South Union: Middletown Police Roundup

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Middletown police have charged a Mechanicsburg man with the home invasion of an apartment in the first block of South Union Street on July 29.

According to police, the victim returned home after working at a nearby restaurant to find the suspect, Timothy Aaron Schell, 39, of the first block of West Simpson Street, standing in the living room of the resident’s apartment.

The victim told police he had unlocked the door of his apartment but that he did not lock the door behind him.

Police said Schell pushed the resident onto a sofa, held a knife to the victim’s throat, and demanded money. Schell took $380 from the victim’s left front pocket, and demanded more money.

Schell then took the victim’s cellphone and the keys to his apartment and apartment building and fled, police said.

Police were led to Schell by another resident of the apartment building who had seen Schell acting suspiciously and looking in cars in the parking lot. The resident described for police the vehicle Schell got into, and the license plate number.

Schell was arraigned before Night Court Judge Steven M. Semic on Aug. 2 and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats, and simple assault.

He was placed in Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post bail of $75,000.

According to court documents, Middletown Police Detective Gary Rux had requested bail of at least $50,000, noting that Schell is on state parole and has an “extensive violent criminal history” to include aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, manufacture of a controlled substance, drug possession, driving under the influence, and fleeing from police.

Hershey man charged with DUI

Middletown police charged a Hershey man with DUI in the 300 block of North Union Street at about 1 a.m. Sunday, July 16.

Ro Thaung, 27, of the 1800 block of Lehman Street, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.255 percent at the time of his arrest, according to court papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Thaung was charged with DUI, making an improper left turn, and with vehicle operation restrictions. His preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 7 before Judy.

Johns jostled at football field

Two portable toilets were reported turned over at the football field at Susquehanna and South Catherine streets in Middletown.

The incident was reported to police at about 7:15 p.m. July 22. No one has been charged.

Firecrackers thrown at house

M-80 firecrackers were reported to have been thrown at a residence in the 200 block of North Pine Street in Middletown.

There was no damage to the residence, police said. The incident was reported shortly after midnight Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Check scam reported

Borough police on Aug. 1 were alerted of a scam that police say has become common.

The caller told police that he had been contacted by someone offering him a $6,000 check. The man was told to deposit the check in his own bank account, and then to write another check on his own account to provide a portion of the money back to the caller in return. Police advise anyone who receives this kind of report to take no action, but to instead report the incident to authorities.

In most cases, there are no funds to back up the check that the victim is asked to deposit. Instead, the victim ends up being out the amount of money that he or she pays the perpetrator of the fraud.

Police say it is difficult if not impossible for them to arrest the people behind these scams, as they are often out of the area and even outside of the United States.

Cases often end up getting turned over to the U.S. Postal Service, which may have a better chance of bringing the perpetrators to justice. But at least if you don’t cooperate, you won’t end up becoming a victim, police said. If you have questions or think you have been targeted in such a scam, call police.

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