9.12.13 Auto Theft Investigation (with E. Lampeter Township Police)

12 September 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

At  2:39 a.m. September 12, 2013 Lancaster City Police officers responded to a burglar alarm at Lancaster Mitsubishi, 1009 N. Prince St. Upon arrival officers found one of the rear service bay doors knocked off the track and laying in the parking lot. A bicycle was laying on the ground outside of a door to the business. The building was searched utilizing LCPD K9 Tom but no suspect was located. An employee of Lancaster Mitsubishi responded and advised that a 2010 Dodge Caravan was missing from their service bay. As this information was being gathered, Lancaster County Wide Communications advised that East Lampeter Police officers were involved in a pursuit of a school bus in their jurisdiction that ultimately crashed into a tree. The driver of the bus was identified as:

Ryan BROCK 

19-year-old male

600 blk. N. Pine St.  

Lancaster, PA

Investigations by East Lampeter Police, Lancaster City Police Patrol Division, and Detective Heather Halstead of the Lancaster County Auto Theft Unit revealed that Brock initially stole a bicycle from an address on N. Mary St. and rode it to Lancaster Mitsubishi where he broke into the building, stole the Dodge Caravan and rammed it through the bay door. Brock then drove into E. Lampeter Township’s jurisdiction and committed several more crimes (see text of E. Lampeter Police news release below). The stolen Dodge Caravan was located at Steffy’s Garage in Leola. Brock was eventually transported to the Lancaster City Police station.

Brock was interviewed by investigators and is being charged with two counts of Burglary, four counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, three counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, three counts of Aggravated Assault, and one count each of Criminal Attempt at Theft, Fleeing and Eluding Police, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Trespassing, Driving Under Suspension, Accidents Involving Damage to Property (Hit & Run), and Requirement for Commercial Driver’s License by Det. Heather Halsted before MDJ Mary Sponaugle.  

Brock was also charged in connection to a vehicle theft that occurred in late August 2013 where a school bus was stolen from a bus company in Delaware and driven to Lancaster City. The bus was recovered by city police unoccupied in a parking lot in the 300 blk. W. James St. on September 3rd, 2013. Brock was identified by video obtained from surveillance cameras inside the stolen bus, which show him entering and starting the bus.  He was charged by Det. Heather Halstead with Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition and Receiving Stolen Property before MDJ Bruce Roth.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Text of E. Lampeter Twp. Police News Release:

     At 2:52 am, 9/12/13, East Lampeter Twp Police responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Newport Rd and Creekhill Rd. On arrival it was discovered that a male driving a Toyota Highlander had struck a retaining wall with a severe impact.    The male driver fled the scene on foot. Patrol officers searching the area heard a school bus start up inside the fenced enclosure of the Conestoga Valley School Bus terminal. The bus rammed through the locked gate of the facility and proceeded north on Newport Rd forcing patrol units to evade being struck by the bus. The bus approached the original crash site at a high rate of speed and drove over crash debris through the crash site forcing officers and civilians off the roadway to avoid being struck.

     Officers pursued the bus onto Rt-23 eastbound where the driver lost control at the intersection with Hertzog Dr. The bus veered off the roadway through a residential yard before colliding into a large tree, which prevented the bus from striking the occupied house. The bus was severely damaged from the impact.  The suspect attempted to flee out of the rear of the bus, but was cut off by pursing officers.    The suspect ignored commands by officers, at which time, a TAZER was deployed and the suspect was taken into custody.  The suspect had been armed with a kitchen steak knife.    The suspect, who was identified as Ryan BROCK age 19 of Lancaster, was transported to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash.

     During the subsequent investigation a tow company from a call list was contacted to remove the Toyota Highlander hit & run vehicle from the initial crash. Steffy’s Towing of Leola was requested.   When the operator arrived at the towing facility it was discovered that the business had been forcibly entered and a client’s vehicle was stolen. It was discovered that the Toyota Highlander hit & run vehicle had been stolen from Steffy’s garage prior to the accident. A Dodge Caravan that had been stolen earlier in the evening from a location in Lancaster City was also found on the property of Steffy’s Garage.

     No officers or other persons were injured from the incident. The episode is being investigated by the Lancaster Co. Auto Theft Task Force, Lancaster City Bureau of Police and East Lampeter Twp Police Dept. with charges pending.


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