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Police: Man Robs Hatboro Home, Confronts Victim

Philadelphia man allegedly broke into a Hatboro residence Saturday morning and confronted the elderly homeowner prior to being arrested.

A 25-year-old Philadelphia man who first asked to use the telephone of an elderly Hatboro homeowner allegedly attemped to steal the victim's car, got into a physical altercation with her and took some of her personal property, according to Hatboro Police.

Sean S. Tillman, 25, whose last known address is in the 1300 block of West Ruscomb Street in Philadelphia, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with burglary, robbery, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. The charges stem from an alleged break-in that morning of a North Chester Avenue home in Hatboro, authorities said.

Police responded to the borough residence at 7:05 a.m. Saturday after the caller, a 67-year-old Hatboro woman, reported that a man was attempting to steal her car. The 911 dispatcher heard a struggle on the telephone, according to police, and the call was terminated. Upon a subsequent call back, the victim reported that a man had forced entry into her home and took property, including a computer, car keys and cordless telephone, police said. 

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While responding to the scene, a Hatboro police officer saw a man walking on West Montgomery Avenue who matched the description of the suspect. The man was stopped, identified as Tillman and was found to be in possession of property stolen from the home, police said. The victim identified Tillman as the person responsible for the break-in, theft and physical altercation, police said.

Initially, Tillman had attempted to gain access to the borough home without breaking in, according to police. The victim told police that Tillman first rang her doorbell. She then saw him standing outside her rear kitchen door, police said.  Tillman reportedly asked if he could use her telephone and the victim denied this request. 

When Tillman refused to leave the property, the victim called 9-1-1, police said.  Tillman then forced entry into the home, confronted the victim and a struggle ensued, police said.

Tillman then took items from the home, including car keys, according to police.  He departed the residence and attempted to use the keys on a vehicle parked in the driveway, but the keys did not work in this vehicle, police said. At this point, Tillman is said to have reentered the home and took a telephone from the victim, who was again speaking to a 9-1-1 operator.

Tillman then fled on foot before being apprehended, according to police. The victim was not injured during the incident.

Tillman allegedly attempted to gain entry to a home in the first block of West Montgomery Avenue by using the same ruse of asking to use the telephone, police said. The resident of this home also denied the request and Tillman departed.

Police said they believe that Tillman is homeless and may have been in New York City in the days prior to the Hatboro burglary. Tillman was in possession of other personal property, such as an iPhone, which police said was stolen in New York.

Tillman was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Thomas Palladino of Pottstown and was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled before District Justice Paul Leo on Feb. 12.

HarleyGirl04 February 08, 2013 at 09:23 AM
In response to Arkansas Dave truth be told...they would be better off robbing in Philly because the response time for a Police Officer in Philly is around 20 minutes....No joke
Heather February 09, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Not all garbage comes from Philly. Did you notice the story of the garbage drug dealer living in Horsham, selling heroin out of his HOME IN HORSHAM? There's crime everywhere, caused by people from all over, NOT just Philadelphia. Please do not generalize.
Heather February 09, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Well said.
HarleyGirl04 February 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Thank you Heather, it just amazes me that people think that all of Philadelphia is garbage. It's a city with more then a million and a half people in it compared to a town with a population of under 8000 people, of course there is going to be a higher crime rate. I also get a chuckle when they think they're above everyone there because they live in the suburbs....there are homes in Philadelphia they couldn't even afford to look at let alone purchase. And many suburbanites think they don't have to watch their children because they're in the BURBS....News flash people....you have pedophiles, murderers, bank robbers and all other criminals that were born and breed here also and let's not talk about the Phonies that maintain the outside of their homes so they look pretty and fool people to think they're something that they clearly aren't...because the inside is ran down and filthy to say the least. I moved here thinking it was the right decision for a better education and I don't regret that part...but the people are so fake it's sad....Get a grip and realize this isn't Mayberry !!!!!!!
Jonathan Kratz April 18, 2013 at 01:18 PM
All honest and mostly thoughtful. I was just having this conversation with my son this morning...there was a change from a manufacturing society where there were lots of jobs (Disston saws, Stetson hats, all that just in Philadelphia) to one where we have Chinese workers far away make us cheap tools and cheap hats and so on. So for safety and better education we had white flight from the cities (but HarleyGirl4 is correct: we have our own criminals out here.) The problems at the heart of the bad behavior won't be cured by passing gun laws or restricting people's movement. It's sin. We are separated from our creator and we cannot solve these problems without fixing human behavior and motivation. Families are broken, men and boys are drifting around with nothing to do, the women are left to raise the next generation and they're grandmothers at the age of 30...I know I'm generalizing. But "they" wouldn't be selling drugs if we didn't buy drugs. "They" wouldn't be prostituting their daughters if we didn't pay for prostitution. "They" wouldn't be producing porn if we didn't consume it. (Hey! There's a strip club right down the street and a dirty book store right over here! Who's sons and fathers frequent those businesses here in Horsham? Poor folks from the city!?) When you consume your recreational pot or cocaine there's an industry of criminals supporting your habit, and when they're short of cash they target your homes. Chickens come home to roost, they say.

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