LANCASTER – Two months ago, a resident snapped a cell phone picture of a man stealing trash from a neighbor’s yard and sent the photo to law enforcement.
The trash thief, Laniel Wilson, was arrested around 5 p.m., Thursday. Authorities said the 37-year-old also burglarized a nearby apartment, was in possession of stolen property, and is currently on felony probation for burglary.
Wilson was jailed for burglary and theft-related charges on $50,000 bail.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:
In April of this year, a concerned Lancaster citizen sent a picture of a male black adult holding a trash bag of recyclables that he had just stolen out of a neighbor’s yard to the Lancaster Station Burglary Suppression Team.
The citizen saw the male black stealing the bag of recyclables, and used his cell phone to take the male’s picture, which he then sent to the burglary team, along with a description of the items taken and the suspect.
On Thursday evening, (5-31-12), at 5 p.m., a member of the Burglary Suppression Team, while driving in the area of Avenue K and 20th Street West, saw the suspect depicted in the photo sent by the citizen. The suspect, identified as Laniel Wilson MB/37, was detained pending further investigation.
Follow up investigation conducted revealed that Wilson had been involved in a burglary of a nearby apartment, and he was subsequently arrested for residential burglary.
In addition, Wilson was found to be in possession of additional property that is suspected to be stolen. Wilson is also currently on felony probation for burglary.
He was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station for burglary and other theft related charges, and he is being held pending arraignment in court on $50,000.00 bail. The investigation is ongoing.