A Cecil Township woman was arrested Thursday by township police for allegedly burglarizing two homes March 15.
Rachel C. Rettinger, 25, of 3240 Millers Run Road, is accused of breaking into the homes of Michael and Donna Levkulich, 16 Liberty Lane, and Dave VanHorenbeck and Peggy Adams, 249 N. DePaoli Road.
“We believe she was going door to door, claiming that she was looking for her dog,” said township police Detective Mark Marcucci. “If no one answered the door, she would break in.”
The Levkuliches discovered the burglary at about 3:30 p.m. They told police they were gone 90 minutes and discovered a window in the basement door was broken out. Several large items were found piled just inside the door, including two television monitors that it appeared were left there so someone could retrieve them.
Stolen from the home was a Smith & Wesson pistol and a bag of knives. Televisions and computer monitors were moved.
VanHorenbeck and Adams reported the burglary at their home about 7:45 p.m. They told police they were gone for about seven hours. They came home and found the bedroom had been ransacked. A small basement window was broken. Stolen items included a flat screen television and a .22-caliber revolver. A pillowcase was removed from a pillow, likely to carry some smaller items, including Adams’ jewelry and some credit cards.
Police went door-to-door and interviewed neighbors. One woman told police that she saw a woman staggering down her driveway around 3 p.m. The woman knocked on the door and when the homeowner opened it, she asked if she had seen her missing dog. The homeowner described the woman as short and skinny with dark, mangy-looking hair.
Another neighbor also reported seeing a woman matching that description in the area. She was carrying what could have been a pillowcase. She asked the neighbor if he had seen her lost dog.
After talking with another neighbor, police determined that Rettinger was the likely suspect.
On Thursday, police were called to a home on North DePaoli. A woman matching Rettinger’s description asked the homeowner if she had seen her missing dog. Police took Rettinger back to her apartment to confirm her story about the missing dog. The dog was in the apartment. Police also found a large amount of jewelry on the kitchen table. Photographs of the jewelry were taken and Adams identified the items as belonging to her.
Marcucci said that only a small person such as Rettinger could have fit through the window at one of the homes. Rettinger told police that she was acting alone.
Rettinger was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on two counts of burglary and theft. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 2 at the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.