Rapho residents cited for help with arrests
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
For helping police capture a trio of burglary suspects, Manheim Borough Police Department commended John Haldeman and his son, Ben, at Rapho Township's supervisors meeting on Thursday.
Police Chief Joseph C. Stauffer said the honorees helped police apprehend three Maryland men last month during a daylight burglary in the township.
Three Manheim officers who responded to the burglary call and arrest also received recognition. The officers are Kristopher Keller, Aaron Szulborski and Steven Ludman.
Galen Scott Myers, 54, Wilbur Roy Tosten, 65, and James Bradley Tosten Sr., 42, all of Hagerstown, were caught by police and accused of stealing guns and jewelry from a home on North Strickler Road on Feb. 27.
Stauffer said John Haldeman called police when he observed three unknown men enter the home and carry out guns and gun cases.
"Ben Haldeman relayed additional information with descriptions of the men and their vehicle, what they looked like, what they were wearing," Stauffer said.
Stauffer said the three men were identified as "professional criminals."
A search of the pickup truck driven by one of the suspects revealed 14 firearms, including nine pistols, two shotguns and three rifles. Also recovered were numerous items of jewelry, all of which are believed to belong to the victim.
According to newspaper reports, all three men admitted to entering the residence and stealing the firearms as well as personal items belonging to the victim.
Manheim Police charged the men with burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy to commit criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.