Central Berks Regional police took a woman into custody at gunpoint at the rear of a St. Lawrence house after the homeowner was alerted to an intruder by a home security camera, investigators said Monday.
Peggy Little, 55 whose last known address is Clearfield in western Pennsylvania, was charged with a felony count of criminal trespass. She was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $2,000 following arraignment before District Judge Carissa L. Johnson in Reading Central Court.
Police provided this account:
Officer Elliot Kreimendahl was on routine patrol when he was dispatched for the burglary about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the first block of North Bingaman Street.
The homeowner had called 9-1-1 after receiving a notification on his smartphone that someone was in his home. He told the dispatcher that a motorcycle was in his driveway and a woman had walked around back after trying to get in through the locked front door.
Officer Nicholas Phillips arrived first and directed Kreimendahl to cover the front of the home while he covered the back.
Moments later, Phillips reported over the radio that he had Little at gunpoint inside the back of the house.
As Kreimendahl was walking Little to his patrol car, Little said she was homeless and was looking for a place to stay. She also said she was going to clean up the house because she thought it was vacant.
The homeowner arrived a short time later and said he had never seen Little before. He said the back door was unlocked at the time but nothing appeared out of place or missing.