Imagine the surprise of a Thornbury Township resident, who discovered a burglar with a familiar face early this morning — the beginning of the end of an alleged crime spree for a Thornbury teen, police said.
Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police said a homeowner home in the 200 block of William Penn Boulevard told police that Alexander S. Bolte, 19, was in the home at 2:53 a.m. and fled when he was discovered. The homeowner said Bolte had consumed food while inside the residence. A ground search for Bolte, reported to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, came up empty; however, police responded to another Thornbury Township call at 3:19 a.m. in the unit block of Zachary Drive. A homeowner reported that a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt had entered two vehicles in the resident’s driveway, stolen a handbag and money, and fled on foot, police said.
Police surrounded the area, and at 3:36 a.m., an officer observed a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt driving a silver Jeep Patriot erratically on South Westbourne Road in Thornbury Township near Zachary Drive. Police said the officer attempted to stop the speeding Jeep, but lost sight of it on Westbourne Road in Westtown Township. Several minutes later, officers found the car, which had crashed through a fence in front of a home in the 700 block of Westbourne Road; Bolte, attired in the black hooded sweatshirt, was the sole occupant. He was taken into custody and failed field sobriety tests, police said, adding that the Jeep had been stolen from a residence in the 600 block of South Westbourne Road in Thornbury Township after Bolte found keys inside. Police said they recovered the stolen items that were taken from the two parked cars on Zachary Drive.
The charges against Bolte include burglary, criminal trespass, prowling at night, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under the influence, and related offenses. He was arraigned this afternoon and sent to Chester County Prison after failing to post $20,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.