Pa. man charged with breaking into grandfather's home

July 29, 2005|BY DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was being held in Franklin County Prison after allegedly breaking into his grandfather's house Tuesday morning, according to borough police.

Matthew G. Allen 27, of 126 Pheasant Circle, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, prowling and loitering at night and possession of instruments of crime, police said. He was also being held on an outstanding warrant from June 2004 for delivery of heroin, police said.

Police were called to the Cumberland Avenue home of Allen's grandfather at about 2 a.m. He told police he was awakened earlier when someone tripped over a fan in the hallway. The grandfather walked into the hallway and encountered Allen, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When the man asked Allen what he was doing in the house, he walked out of the house without saying a word, the affidavit stated.


When police arrived, the affidavit stated a woman in a Honda sedan was parked near the man's home and a Chevy pickup with two occupants was parked a short distance down the street. The truck pulled away as police arrived and the woman drove away after telling police she was having car problems.

Police later stopped the Honda in the 200 block of Wayne Avenue and found Allen driving the car. A broken butter knife was found on Allen, along with five window retainers from basement windows at the grandfather's house, police alleged.

Police said the woman who had earlier been driving the Honda was Matthew Allen's wife.

The tip of the butter knife was found near the window where the house was entered, police said.

When police interviewed Allen, "he stated he needed money to pay off a drug dealer from Maryland who was threatening him and his family," the affidavit stated.

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