Wild night in Brunnerville Car thieves, manhunt

By on September 21, 2011

By: STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer

"These guys are career criminals," said Richard Rhinier of the Warwick Police Department.

The Brunnerville area was bustling with activity Monday and Tuesday as local and state police searched for a pair of car thieves involved with a string of burglaries.

"There were five burglaries," Rhinier confirmed. "People were sleeping in their houses. These guys were going into people’s rooms while they were sleeping."

The activity woke at least one of these victims in the Scott Lane area of the May development (off of Snyder Hill Road), who called police to the scene at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"We located one guy and flushed the woods out," Rhinier said. "The other guy must have been laying low."

Police found him at 7:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Newport Road, asking motorists for directions to Manheim.

As residents in the neighborhood became aware of the activity, descriptions of the suspects spread quickly, and it was an eye-witness tip from a local elementary school principal that led to the final arrest.

"A lot of the neighbors knew what was going on," Rhinier said. "Word started getting out this morning."

Mark A. Dean, 25, of no known address; and Anthony J. Osborne, 25, of 59 S. Charlotte St. in Manheim, are now at the Camp Hill State Prison because both were wanted for state parole violations.

The unusual series of events for this normally quiet community began Monday at 6:40 a.m. when Warwick Township police received a report of a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Brunnerville Road. Heath Spatz’s Dodge Caliber work vehicle was stolen from his driveway. It was recovered later that day in Rothsville.

A short time later, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, police got a burglary call in the 800 block of Scott Lane. Warwick’s midnight shift, officers Matthew Klinger and Derek Oleszczuk, responded.

While checking the area, officer Klinger observed two men sitting in a 2002 VW Jetta. As the officer turned around to investigate, the men fled on foot. A perimeter was set up with the help of state police from Ephrata. Dean, who recently walked away from a half-way house in Harrisburg, was apprehended almost immediately. Several hours later, a local elementary school principal reported that a male matching the description of the suspect was walking south on Snyder Hill Road. Osborne, who was trying to find his way back to Manheim, was taken into custody.

The green Jetta that the two men were sitting in was stolen from the Rothsville area, and it was learned that they were involved in the other vehicle theft and the rash of burglaries. Charges, which would include two counts of felony, are pending the completed investigation by Warwick Township Detective Eric Zimmerman.

Rhinier added that Dean has been charged with burglary by Warwick Township in the past. More BRUNNERVILLE, page A3

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