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Overnight crime spree stuns Lower Pottsgrove residents

Published On: Jan 14 2014 04:35:33 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 05:39:13 PM CST

People in one Montgomery County community are on alert after an overnight crime spree this week.

LOWER POTTSGROVE TWP., Pa. -

People in Lower Pottsgrove Twp., Montgomery Co., are on alert after an overnight crime spree, including an armed home invasion, hit the small township this week.

Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Keppler Road early Monday morning after two robbers broke into a home and were approached by a resident.

Michael Foltz, the township's chief of police, said one robber pointed a gun at the resident before both fled the scene, evading officers.  Police did not reveal how much was stolen.

"We encourage residents to be on high alert," said Foltz, who told 69 News that the crimes didn't stop there.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, vandals struck several other homes and vehicles in the surrounding area, police said. Officers are investigating whether the incidents are all connected.

"It's ridiculous," said Marvin Yerger, a resident whose mailbox was destroyed. Other neighbors faced smashed car windows and destroyed lawn decorations.

"What satisfaction do you get out of doing something like that?" said Yerger. "Everybody's up in arms."

Other residents agreed.

"We've lived here for about 20 years and nothing's ever happened like this," said Gail Stoudt.

Foltz said police currently have no suspects but are working closely with state police and other township investigators. He said surrounding townships are seeing similar activity.

"I'm assuming it's now spreading into our township," said Foltz.

Foltz encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity to report to police immediately.