Goshen police charge man with breaking and entering

GOSHEN TWP. – Police arrested a breaking and entering suspect at the scene of the crime over the weekend.

Justin M. Lamp, 35, 14498 Foundry Hill Road, Summitville, was charged with breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, and misdemeanor counts of theft, criminal trespassing and criminal damaging after an officer responded to a 15000 block state Route 14 home at 3:24 p.m. Saturday where the homeowner observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway.

Lamp allegedly attempted to flee into the woods near the property, then claimed he thought he was at a sheriff’s auction when apprehended. He was found to have several items in his vehicle from inside the house and a detached garage on the property as well as tools used to cut pipe. Numerous tools, engine blocks and tires from the garage had also been reported missing from a prior incident.

According to Cpl. Karl Balasz, the home had been under observation after being struck by burglars one week prior in which it appeared the suspect had prepared for a second trip. Officer Michael Wirkner was nearby on Saturday and was able to block Lamp’s vehicle into the drive and observed him entering the woods.