JERSEY SHORE - A group of alleged burglars were foiled when one of them decided on an escape route that led directly past the nearby police station.
Steven Paul Pfleegor, 24, of 414 Wilson St., faces felony charges of burglary, robbery, criminal conspiracy and criminal trespassing, as well as misdemeanor charges of theft, receiving stolen property and possessing an instrument of crime.
Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police responded to a report of a robbery at 115 N. Main St., where victim Logan Gallo told police he had heard a pounding on his door, according to the police affidavit.
Upon opening the door, three males, one of whom allegedly was Pfleegor, forced their way into his apartment. One of the men was holding a "metal pipe-type object" in his hand, according to the affidavit.
According to police, Pfleegor confronted Gallo about money that had been taken from Pfleegor's wallet. When Gallo denied taking the money, Pfleegor and the other two men began removing items from Gallo's apartment, including a television set, Playstation game console, numerous video games and a cellphone, according to police.
The three then fled the scene, according to court records.
After obtaining a brief description of the three men from Gallo, officers began searching for their suspects. They found Pfleegor riding a bike down the street in front of the police station.
According to court documents, Pfleegor was arrested without incident.
Pfleegor, who was arraigned before District Judge James G. Carn, is incarcerated in lieu of $35,000 bail.