With this winter’s weather conditions, the need for a generator has become a necessity for most residents in Lower Providence Township at some time or another. Too many storms resulted in power outages for area citizens. But, there are ways to find one legally. One local alleged criminal did not think so.
On Thursday, Feb. 27 around 5:17 a.m., Lower Providence Township Police Department responded to a call in the 2500 block of Chestnut Avenue in the township.
Ofc. Charles T. King, of the LPPD, responded to a caller who said he’d witnessed an alleged theft. On his way to work, the concerned citizen saw a white male walking around a house in the 2600 block of Mann Road, according to reports. The house has been empty for over a year due to fire damage, which the caller knew, police said. Finding it odd that someone was walking on the property at the hour, he decided to watch the person from his vehicle.
“A white male in dark clothing was loading a generator into the trunk of a car,” said the police report’s account of the caller’s details. The caller then followed the 2003 red Mercury Grand Marquis down several streets, eventually stopping at the home in the 2500 block of Chestnut.
There, according to reports, the police questioned those occupying the home to find William Lare, 48, of Eagleville, who matched the description of the caller, who was home with his wife, 16-year-old daughter, and father-in-law.
Lare first told police, according to reports, that the generator was on the curb, and later admitted he took the generator unlawfully from the property’s garage.
LPPD found a red, Troy-Bilt 3500 generator on the east side of Lare’s home, behind a white, sports utility vehicle. Police report they then took Lare into custody for questioning.
According to reports, Lare stated that he “wanted to see what was in the garage since he knew the house and been boarded up for several weeks.” Lare also said that someone named “Doug” had helped him to steal the generator, according to reports. Police investigated a car parked in Lare’s drive to find it was registered to a Douglas Robbins, 25, of Lauman Avenue in Norristown, and a warrant was issued.
Lare was charged with driving while privileges are revoked or suspended, DUI-related, burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, and loitering and prowling at night. Robbins’ warrant included all the same charges, except for the driving charge. He remains wanted by LPPD.