Police: Levittown Man Attempted to Break Into Middletown Home

A police officer allegedly witnessed a man attempting to pry open a rear window of a Middletown home.

A man is back in custody after a Middletown police officer allegedly witnessed him attempting to break into a home on Forsythia Drive last Friday.

James Houston, 23, of Levittown has been charged with attempted burglary and attempted trespassing and related counts after officers placed him into custody on Jan. 10. Houston had been recently released from Bucks County prison after serving time for a burglary conviction in November 2012.

According to the affidavit, a homeowner on Forsythia Drive saw a man ride up to her neighbor's house on a bicycle, climb the fence and started looking into the rear windows. The report says that the homeowner saw the man attempting to open a sliding glass door and pry open a window.

A Middletown officer arrived and looked into the backyard to see Houston attempting to pry open a bedroom window, the criminal complaint says. When other officers began to arrive, Houston began to flee on the bicycle, police say. An officer chased down Houston on foot and put him into custody, according to the affidavit.

The report says that a search of Houston's pockets at the police station came up with a pair of pliers and a bent pair of scissors, plus his passport, a receipt from a pawn shop and a check for $120 made out to Houston.

Police said that during questioning, Houston said he has been homeless since he was released from prison last June and that this was his first attempted burglary since his release. According to the criminal complaint, Houston also admitted to stealing the check from his girlfriend's father and making it out to himself. He has also been charged with a felony count of forgery.

Houston has been remanded to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent payment of $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. before District Judge John Kelly.


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