An East Side man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Shenango Township home, then rolling a sport utility vehicle.
Shenango Township police, with the help of New Castle police, took Thomas Edward Funk, 18, of 1409 Gibson Ave. into custody when they found him passed out on his front porch.
Police said they learned of the break-in around 8:50 p.m. Monday when they were called to an accident on Old Princeton Road, near State Road. Police said a burgundy Dodge Durango had rolled over and two occupants had run off.
Two females told officers they had witnessed the accident and identified Funk as the driver.
According to police, one witness said she knows the SUV’s owner who had lent the car to Funk. She and the other female said they had seen the Durango parked at a house in the 1600 block of Old Princeton Road and someone standing outside the house wearing a hoodie over his head.
One of the females said the Durango pulled from the driveway at high speed and failed to stop at stop sign at Old Princeton Road and Route 388.
The Durango sped across Princeton Road at about 80 mph, she said, and she followed it, according to police. She said it then went off the left side of Princeton Road and into some woods. The Durango then rolled and stopped on its wheels, she told police.
The owner told police she had lent Funk her car to use for work.
The resident of the house told police it had been burglarized and that he had seen his television in back of the Durango. He reported a television, two PlayStation game sets, and numerous games — including some worth more than $100 — as stolen.
Officers found that a cement block had been placed under a window and someone had climbed through it.
Police, with help from Hickory Township police and a canine officer, searched the woods and found a glove Funk reportedly used for work.
City police arrested Funk at his home and found thorns on his hoodie and cuts and scratches on his face, they said. He was taken to Jameson Hospital for evaluation before his arraignment by District Judge David B. Rishel, who committed him to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
He is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.
Officers said Funk told them the man with him was a hitchhiker he had picked up and who had a gun.