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Police: Burglar who left apology note arrested

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A man who left a note of apology when he burglarized a Lancaster County home was arrested when he returned to the scene of one of his crimes, according to police.

William Harrison Rehm III, 46, no fixed address, was charged Wednesday with four counts of burglary and theft for two break-ins at the home in New Providence and two more at a Martic Township residence, state police in Lancaster said.

Rehm entered the home in the 100 block of Smithville Road through an unlocked basement window two weeks ago and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a master bedroom closet, police said.

He then left a hand written note of apology on the dresser, but proceeded to the living room and took several video games, then went outside and stole several gallons of gasoline from a storage tank behind the garage, police said.

Rehm is also accused of burglarizing the same home a week earlier. Police said the total value of the stolen property was more than $25,000.

He additionally faces charges for burglaries on Monday and Tuesday at the same home in the 200 block of Bethesda Church Road. The property stolen in those two burglaries was worth more than $5,000, police said.

After the Tuesday burglary, however, police said a neighbor reported suspicious activity, and responding troopers chased Rehm on foot and arrested him.

Rehm was also charged with flight to avoid apprehension, criminal mischief, and theft by deception. His bail at Lancaster County Prison was set at $50,000 cash.

The Bethesda Church Road burglary was one of three reported Monday in Martic Township.

Police reported other break-ins in the 600 block of Martic Heights Drive and the 500 block of Marticville Road.

Authorities said items recovered from Rehm after his arrest that may belong to victims of previous burglaries in Lancaster County.

Victims of recent burglaries may view the items at the state police barracks, at 2099 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, on the following dates and times:

- Thursday, Sept, 12, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

- Friday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

- Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 a.m. - 12 noon.


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