Police: Man caught after area break-in

A special state police surveillance team is credited with nabbing a burglar within minutes after he allegedly broke into an elderly woman’s home on Pearson Avenue in Loyalsock Township, court records.

After struggling with state troopers, David Charles Bean, of 1565 Northway Road, who turned 41 today, was taken into custody outside the victim’s home in the 400 block of Pearson Avenue about 10:15 p.m Thursday.

Police allege Bean used a crowbar to break glass to a back door, which forcibly was opened.

“The home was dark and appeared to be unoccupied. I saw a flashlight inside the home. A short time later, Bean exited onto a back porch,” a trooper wrote in an affidavit.

An elderly woman on oxygen in a hospital bed was alone in the house, police said. Police did not say if she suffered any injuries.

Bean reportedly was admitted to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for injuries he suffered when he fought with police during his apprehension.

Police sources reported that while troopers were preparing criminal charges against him Tuesday, Bean walked out of the hospital, but was apprehended a short time later at an undisclosed location.

After he was returned to the hospital, Bean was arraigned there before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, possession of an instrument of crime resisting arrest, criminal mischief and loitering and prowling.

When Bean is discharged from the hospital, Whiteman ordered that he automatically be committed to the Lycoming County Prison without bail. The judge said state troopers are expected to guard him until he is discharged.