Montco cops get citation for robbery investigation

LOWER PROVIDENCE, PA — Three local police officers were recognized by township officials this week for their work in helping apprehend a suspect in a robbery investigation.

The Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Thursday, presented Distinguished Unit Citations to Corporal Robert Heim, Detective Charles King and Officer Devon Auge for their teamwork in a case flight at the end of last year.

The three men monitored and investigated the theft together, and officials recognized them for their “commendable performance and teamwork,” the department said on social media.

Lower Providence Police Chief Michael Jackson provided Patch with an account of the highly praised robbery case.

The case dates back to Nov. 10 last year, Jackson said, when officers in Lower Providence were dispatched to a call for a motor vehicle theft from B&M Auto Repair.

The business owner said a suspect was observed searching through vehicles in the field and the man eventually stole another company vehicle, acts which were caught on CCTV.

A week later, the same business owner reported that a man believed to be the same person involved in the first case of theft had now stolen four vehicle tires and scrapped car batteries before fleeing the places.

The three-officer team then hatched a plan to try to catch the suspect, which involved watching the property of B&M Auto Repair overnight, according to the department.

Heim ordered Constable Auge to take an unmarked police cruiser and watch the property just before 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, after which Auge watched the suspect drive into the grounds and began searching through a vehicle on the property. .

Within minutes Heim arrived at the scene and Heim and Auge were able to arrest the man, police said.

Detective King was eventually able to link the same suspect to various other crimes in the area, including the theft of a vehicle in West Pottsgrove Township in western Montgomery County.

State court records show the suspect, identified as Christopher Harman, 44, of Collegeville, was charged with felonies of theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at night.

Harman was also originally charged with an additional count of receiving stolen property, but that charge was dropped at the district court level, according to the case file.

Records show Harman has a formal arraignment scheduled for March 30.

Kevin A. Perras