Hopewell man arrested in Chartiers burglary

March 14, 2014
David Alexander Chappel

A Hopewell Township man was arrested Friday by Chartiers Township police on burglary and other charges after he was allegedly spotted by his grandfather on a porch with a generator.

David Alexander Chappel, 24, of 64 Wotring Road, is accused of breaking into the home of Thomas and Cindy Whitfield, 67 Green St., in the Allison plan Monday.

Police said Chappel forced open a door next to the garage door and entered the home. Chappel allegedly stole two shotguns, three rifles, a tree stand and compound bow.

Chappel was reportedly seen by his grandfather taking a Troy Bilt generator from the Whitfields’ front porch. Township police Sgt. Michael Filosi, who filed the charges against Chappel, said the suspect’s grandfather lives in the Allison plan and happened to drive by, spotting his grandson.

Police said the stolen items were valued at more than $3,300. Chappel sold the generator, Filosi said. The other stolen items have not been recovered.

Filosi also will charge Chappel with attempted theft. He reportedly tried to steal a snowblower from a porch of a home at 127 Roth St., but left when confronted by the homeowner.

Chappel also faces a charge of theft filed in late January by state police after he allegedly stole jewelry and a weed trimmer from his mother, June Chappel, also of 64 Wotring, between August and December. He then reportedly sold the jewelry at a Washington jewelry store.

Chappel is slated for a preliminary hearing on that charge Tuesday before District Judge Ethan Ward.

Chappel was arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing on the new charges is set for March 26 before District Judge David Mark.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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