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Church Hill Police charge man with burglary, theft following two home break-ins

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Church Hill Police Department officers arrested a man for the burglarizing two homes in the community within three days of each other.

According to a CHPD, police responded to a Fairview Avenue home on March 12 where a man said he returned home from work and noticed that his air conditioning unit, as well as a Playstation 3, five games, and a pair of Adidas tennis shoes were missing.

The victim said together the items taken from him valued $730.

According to the release, investigators identified John Allen Spitzer as the suspect and attempted to locate him on March 17 at his listed address.

Family members of Spitzer told police that he had come to them on the night of the burglary and asked someone to give him a ride out of the area. They reportedly told police that Spitzer had a game console in a plastic grocery bag and said he “had gotten somebody for it.”

Investigators said they believed that statement indicated that he had stolen to the game console from someone.

On March 9, CHPD also responded to Old Mill Race Road in reference to another burglary.

According to the release, officers made contact with a woman who said she was woken up by a noise in the kitchen and said she saw a white man climb through the window above her kitchen sink.

The woman told police that when the man, later identified as Spitzer, saw her, he went back out the window and fled on foot.

According to the release, the woman believed he was attempting to steal her medication, which was in plain view in the kitchen.

Police investigators later learned that Spitzer had just been released from Sullivan County Jail on March 9 and was at his family member’s home on Fairview Avenue.

On Thursday, the woman was able to identify Spitzer’s photo from a lineup and told police that he was the man caught breaking into her home.

Spitzer was charged with two counts aggravated burglary and one count of theft of property over $500.

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