A Schuylkill County teen was nabbed in the act of entering a home illegally. State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident occurred about 11:44 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the residence of Melissa Shappell, 36, of 2 Pike St., Port Carbon.
Troopers said Shappell and her boyfriend, not named, arrived at the home and entered. She heard a noise from the upstairs while her boyfriend walked to the rear porch area. He observed a male teen on the back porch attempting to flee the scene. The boyfriend caught the boy and detained him until troopers arrived.
The boy was identified as a 15-year-old from Port Carbon. The investigation showed he gained entry to the home by removing a screen from a window to the rear of the home. He went through different rooms of the home looking for money, troopers said.
Troopers said charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and criminal mischief will be filed against the teen with the county juvenile probation office.
Troopers also reported investigating a theft incident at a county business. Troopers said unknown criminals removed a brown and black Hayward EC40 system pool filter from the property of Bob's Pools, 1402 Long Run Road, in Wayne Township. The filter was located on a demo pool in front of the business.
The theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. on July 12 and 8 a.m. on July 13.