Police arrested a Philadelphia man early Friday morning after they said he burglarized two houses in Abington and attempted to enter a third.
George Wayne Parks Jr., 30, of the 6300 block of Magnolia Street, was arrested shortly after 4:15 a.m. following a pursuit that started in Upper Moreland and ended in Cheltenham.
According to police, a resident in the 1800 block of Allen Lane in Abington called police shortly before 4 a.m. and said that someone had been through her home, lightly ransacking it. The suspect stole about $100 from the resident's purse, as well as a new Sony camera, and fled.
About a half hour later, an Upper Moreland Police Officer saw a gold Mitsubishi, which had been stolen during a burglary in Philadelphia, near the corner of Old York and Moreland roads. Police attempted to stop the car, but the driver was driving recklessly , and the pursuit was abandoned. A Jenkintown Police Officer found the Mitsubishi crashed into a fire hydrant on Greenwood Avenue between Old York Road and Leedom Street; an Abington Police K-9 and a Cheltenham Police Officer arrested Parks in Cheltenham near the corner of Old York Road and Breyer Drive.
According to police, Parks admitted to the burglary on Allen Lane and a second burglary of a vacant house, also in the 1800 block of Allen Lane; he also attempted to enter a house in the 2000 block of Corinthian Avenue, but stopped when he was confronted by three large dogs, police said.
Parks was arraigned Friday and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, recklessly another person and fleeing and eluding police.
He does not appear to have a criminal history.
Originally posted December 14, 2013 at 08:15 pm