Pair charged in 3-month crime spree across 2 counties

Suspects facing more than 100 criminal charges

READING, Pa. - Two men are facing a long list of charges following their arrests in a three-month crime spree in Berks and Lebanon counties.

Pennsylvania State Police announced Tuesday afternoon the arrests of Anthony David Umbenhauer and Wayne Warren Roberts, both of Myerstown, Lebanon County.

Their arrests, police said, are the result of an investigation of thefts and burglaries that occurred between October 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018, in Jefferson and Tulpehocken townships in Berks County and in Myerstown and Richland boroughs and Jackson and Millcreek townships in Lebanon County.

There are 40 known victims in both counties, according to investigators.

"Its very concerning, because it's very unlike this area to have crime, and any type of activity such as that going on in the area," said Elizabeth Forry of Tulpehocken Township.

She attributed it to development along nearby Interstate and more traffic through small towns like Rehrersburg.

"It's definitely concerning for a small country town," Forry said. "It just seems like there's been an increase in crime in the area, just more traffic."

During the three-month span, police said the men stole numerous items, including jewelry, hand tools, firearms, cell phones, purses and wallets, and cash.

"Over $7,000 with all that," said PSP Trooper David Beohm, a public information officer for Reading-based Troop L.

The guns stolen from cars can create a whole other problem for law enforcement. Beohm recommends removing firearms from vehicles.

"I would say don't leave it in your car. Take it in your house and lock it in your house, because we don't want guns out on the street that should not be out on the street," Beohm said.

Umbenhauer, 30, has been charged with 109 counts; Roberts, 32, has been charged with 107 counts. The charges against both men include theft from motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, theft, burglary, and criminal trespass.

"Roberts is in Lebanon County Prison and Umbenhauer is in Camp Hill [State] Prison," Beohm said. "We got these two guys off the street, so we don't have to worry about them stealing anything for a while, anyway."

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