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Warminster Police Make Arrests Related to Recent Burglaries

Officers have noticed a drop in home invasions after the recent arrests.

Police in Warminster recently took 12 individuals into custody in connection with numerous that – for the most part – have taken place in the neighborhoods west of York Road.

Since the arrests have been made, the burglary rate in the township has dropped, police said.

A burglary in the 300 block of Hickory Road, which was occupied by an elderly resident, has been connected by investigators to Brandon Ray Lindsey, 18, of Phillips Road, and an unidentified 17-year-old male juvenile, who is also a Warminster resident. Lindsey and the 17-year-old were chased out of the home by the elderly homeowner.

The two teens made off with the victim’s credit card and are alleged to have used the card at local stores. The juvenile was arrested and turned over to Bucks County Juvenile Court and found to be delinquent. Lindsay has a warrant out for his arrest and remains at large.

David Cattalo, 19, of Newtown Road, and Devin Torres, 19, of Martha Lane, were taken into custody on charges of burglary and several related charges in connection with a burglary in the 1100 block of Oakleaf Lane that occurred in December. Cattalo remains in Bucks County Prison and Torres is free on bail.

Charles O’ Sullivan, 25, of Ryan Lane in Cape May, NJ, was charged with several counts of burglary, theft and related offenses in connection with crimes in the 200 block of Bloomfield Road, 9000 block of Log College Drive and the 300 block of Florence Road. He remains in county jail.

24-year-old Brian Holly, of Bellemeade Drive, Warminster, is being held in county jail after being arrested after a police investigation revealed he burglarized a residence in the 700 block of Worthington Drive on February 10. He is being charged with burglary and related offences.

Horsham resident Walter Lee Williams, 21, of Meetinghouse Road, has been arrested and charged with committing a burglary in the 300 block of Hickory Road on January 28, 2012. Williams was confronted by the homeowners and fled from the home. He attempted to avoid arrest, but was apprehended last Friday. Williams is in Bucks County Prison in lieu of bail.

James T. Kowalski, 26, of Street Road in Warminster, was arrested along with Christopher Pulliam, 26, of Apple Hill Road in Horsham Township. The duo was arrested and charged with burglary and related offenses in connection with a Valentine’s Day burglary on Log College Road. Both Kowalski and Pulliam are also charged with burglaries in Montgomery County. Pulliam’s girlfriend, Meghan Doyle, 27, was charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in unlawful proceeds for selling jewelry stolen from the home on Log College Road.

Patrick Edward McAfee, 24, of Chatfield Road, in Warrington, faces burglary and related offenses in connection with a break-in that occurred in the 1400 block of Sinkler Road in November 2011. He is also facing attempted burglary charges after he is alleged to have tried to rob a home in the 800 block of Worthington Road which occurred just three days after the burglary on Sinkler Road.

A 12-year-old Warminster boy was also arrested and charged after it is alleged he broke into a residence in the 1400 block of Maguire Lane and took cash. Charges of burglary and similar charges were lodged against the 12-year-old in county juvenile court.

 The 12 suspects – two of them minors – were discovered after a large police investigation that involved collaboration with several local police departments, Detective Sergeant Scott Selisker said.

“We dedicated a lot of resources into this investigation and used a lot of different investigative techniques,” Seliker told Patch.

Many of the alleged burglars entered by breaking a rear door or window and taking items that were small, easy to carry, and could be sold with ease at pawn shops. Some of the items that were commonly taken were: cash, jewelry and small electronics.

Some of the thieves “would use a ruse; such as soliciting for some type of service or accidently knocking on the wrong door if someone was home,” police said. In other cases, the burglars would knock on the front door to determine if the house was occupied.

Many of the alleged burglars are believed by investigators to be motivated the need for money to fuel habits to drugs such as “heroin and oxycodone.”  In February, Warminster police Chief Michael Murphy commented to Patch that the burglaries were suspected to be connected to a recent “uptick in drug use.”

24-year-old Robert Cheeseman, of River Birch Drive, in Plumstead, has been taken into custody and is suspected by authorities of being the source of the heroin and oxycodone pills many of the burglary suspects were purchasing with the proceeds of their thefts, police stated. The alleged drug peddler is charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility. A police search of Cheeseman’s home resulted in the seizure of 30mg oxycodone pills, needles, syringes and money.

Warminster police are working with other departments to determine if any of the suspects are connected to the recent string of daytime burglaries that have occurred in neighboring townships, Selisker said.

Additionally, several of the burglary cases remain open and additional arrest are still “pending,” according to a release issued by police.

Police suggest following measures to help protect property from burglars:

  • Lock all windows and doors when not home, including second floor windows.
  • Do not leave keys under a door mat.
  • Install security locks on all exterior doors. Security locks are locks which are keyed on both sides especially if the door has glass windows.
  • Active your alarm if you have one installed.
  • Hide all valuables somewhere safe especially irreplaceable items such as heirloom jewelry and firearms. Most burglars are easily able to see jewelry boxes on dressers by peering into bedroom windows.
  • Photograph all valuables including jewelry and record serial numbers of valuable electronics such as computers, IPods, IPads etc.
  • Report ALL suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.
HONEST MOM March 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I look at this list of young people and my heart just bleeds for their parents and for the poor folks they stole from. People work hard for the things they have and no one has the right to take them. Sadly some of these young men are kids I've watched grow up. Several of these young men are known to have very bad drug problems and sadly drugs are often stronger than their ability to live the way their parents taught them. I can only hope they own up to what they've done and learn from it. I hope the poor folks who were robbed can find a way to again feel safe in their own homes. Not only have home burglaries increased in the area....drug use and extreme addictions have also increased in our area. It's time to put a stop to the rampant drug use that so many of our kids are partaking in more and more. It's time to show these drug dealers in our area that we will not watch any longer so many kids go down the wrong path.
Lisa Gresley March 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Great Job!!
Tom March 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Our police deserve a great deal of thanks and appreciation for putting a stop to all the nonsense these guys were causing! Thank You! and keep up the good work! Oh and by the way, next time you get stopped for running a red light or speeding, remember that it is not the cops fault you are breaking the law and they are just doing a part of their job. Luckily we have police in our area who will put in the effort to look into these burglaries. Philadelphia police would have never even tried to figure this one out! Thank you!
Margaret March 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I agree that our Police do a wonderful job!! Just wondering if they were involved with the fatal MVA @ Ann's Choice yesterday? A resident was hit,and the driver left the scene. Injured person died en route to hospital. So sad that speed limits are not able to be endorsed in that community!
Dandutch March 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
That's because Philadelphia police officers have other things to deal with. People of Philadelphia know that they should lock their doors and do a better job of protecting their homes especially when the burglaries have been going on for months
Viral S. Trivedi March 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Margaret- I agree with you that speed limits should be monitored closely. Is there a way that police can place hidden cameras near Ann's Choice on the speed limit signs? What can we do a Warminster residents in order to burglaries? yes to locking our doors and all but what about the teens and young adults in our neighborhoods? Can we recognize certain signs of potential assaults? Sorry if im asking these questions but my public health antenna and radar keeps saying beep beep beep :)
jennifer Gin March 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
At Margaret,the driver did not leave the seen and the victim died hours after arriving at the hospital
Thad March 28, 2012 at 06:01 AM
This is fantastic news! Thank you for the detailed report. Well, perhaps the double cylinder key lock is not within code, but licking doors in general is a good idea. Won't gaurantee prevention, but at least make it slightly harder. But, come on, there is NO need to go on a website and try to show superior knowledge by starting off referring to the author as an idiot.
Joe March 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Lame post buddy.
Viral S. Trivedi March 29, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Tom Sofield is just doing his job as a reporter. From my understanding, that double cylinder key lock was stated by the police press release. If you have an issue with what's written in this article, go to the Police and the Fire Company but don't say the reported is an idiot. Be glad that good journalists exist on Patch.com and its these kinds of people we need to report community news. Without out them, how would we know updates on burglaries, arrests, and other crimes happening around us?
Mike March 30, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Yes, this was a well coordinated and dedicated effort by all individuals involved in this take-down. However, don't knock the Philly police. Many are quite busy and work in districts MUCH worse than most areas up here.
Mike March 30, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Agree 100%, but THIS particular joint venture DOES deserve kudos to the good guys involved.
Mike March 30, 2012 at 06:18 AM
As is the procedure in England, I don't think the names and photos of individuals arrested should be made public UNLESS they are CONVICTED in a court of law. Just having a disclaimer saying "All individuals are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law" is, imo, not enough. If one of these individuals IS innocent, what negative effects these names/photos could have on their employment, etc. Just my opinion.
miki h March 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I agree. Our society is quick to judge and condemn, not just in the news but in every profession and walk of life.
bob livewell March 31, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Thank god....look at these pathetic savages.......and watch them all walk free very soon to prey on innocent people again.....all crack/heroin addicts guaranteed......greattttttt job but it may be all for nothing....
HONEST MOM March 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I am very saddened by this news. I feel terrible for the people who were terrorized and robbed of their valued possessions. No one has the right to take anything from another. I will keep them in my prayers. I am glad these young people were caught and arrested. Obviously most of them seem to have drug issues and it's well known that an addict will do anything for his or her drugs. I feel terrible for their parents. My heart is broken when I see some of their faces so young and out of control. I hope they take this chance and own up to what they've done, take their punishment and get the help they need to beat their addictions. I am very happy that the suspected drug supplier was caught but there are so many more just like him right here in Warminster. Seems oxy, percocet and heroin are available to our young men and women quite easily and it's time to cut off the supply. We all need to do more to inform the police of known drug suppliers or those suspected in our area cause as this shows....one thing leads to another and makes it risky for all of us. As for some of the uncalled for name calling above...I think I'll keep those folks in my prayers too that someday you might realize you aren't as perfect as you think. We all know someone, love someone who has had an addiction at one time or another.
mike miller April 09, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Horsham resident Walter Lee Williams may reside on meetinghouse rd but he spends a lot of time at his family's residence on Victoria rd. In Warminster just a few homes away (8 to be exact from Leary school) peddling drugs curbside, I live in the neighborhood so I can see him doing this from my home, I'm glad this scumbag got busted
bill miller May 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
heh
bill miller May 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
These kids are out of hand and I hope the time in jail will do them good. I bet there was way more stealing that has taken place by these individuals. I feel terrible for the victims but I feel even worse for their parents and former friends, because I am sure that they stole many things from them as well.
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martin shaw April 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
These drug addicts need to be punished to the full extent of the law

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