The alleged burglar involved in a July 23 incident where a the accused's partner in crime was charged with six felony counts and has a $350,000 bail, court records indicate.
Tim Zgrzepski, 29, was charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary, carjacking, criminal trespass, theft/unlawful taking, theft—receiving stolen property, and possession of an instrument of crime, Philadelphia Police spokesperson Officer Christine O'Brien said Monday. All, but the last charge, are felonies, she said.
The Kensington man was arraigned July 24, where bail was set at $350,000, according to court records. Zgrzepski did not post bail and is currently held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia.
Early July 23, police said Zgrzepski and Edward Mehlberger, 39, attempted to steal a van at the home of a Warminster Township police officer on the 8700 block of Sagamore Road in Andorra.
The officer, who police did not identify, confronted Zgrzepski outside, and returned inside to find Mehlberger yielding a crowbar. The officer shot and killed Mehlberger, while Zgrzepski stole the officer's 2001 Honda Odyssey and fled.
Police arrested Zgrzepski in Sprinfield Township. The vehicle was recovered on Old Line Road in Andorra.
Both Zgrzepski and Mehlberger have previous criminal records, court records indicate.
Zgrzepski was found guilty and incarcerated for theft from vehicle charges in 2002 and 2008, records indicate. He was also found guilty and sentenced to probation in 2007 for a similar crime.
Mehlberger served prison time for narcotics possession, theft, and burglary, according to records.
Zgrzepski will face a preliminary hearing August 7 at Philadelphia Municipal Court.