On Sunday, September 8, 2019 at approximately 9:50 am, an individual arrived at his mother's home and interrupted a suspected burglary of the home. The suspects left the area in a silver colored sedan. The individual called 911 with a description and account of the situation. Officers started to respond to the location of the burglary. Assisting Officer, Brenton Bacon of the Montour Township Police Department was traveling south on SR42/Numidia Drive and almost to Numidia, when he observed a suspect vehicle traveling north towards Catawissa. The suspect vehicle was traveling at a higher than normal rate of speed and had a male driver and a male driver in the vehicle. Officer Bacon advised Catawissa Police Officer Jason Hayes of his observation and the vehicle's direction of travel. At the time the vehicle passed by Officer Bacon, the male driver appeared top be wearing a white t-shirt.
Officer Hayes had positioned himself on SR42/Numidia Drive and in the area of Mountain Road. At approximately 10:20 am, Officer Hayes observed the suspect vehicle but the male driver was now wearing a dark colored sweatshirt. Upon seeing Officer Hayes and Officer Hayes activating his emergency lights and siren, the driver took off out Mountain Road at an extremely high rate of speed in an effort to flee from Officer Hayes. Officer Hayes followed the vehicle and the driver subsequently stopped the vehicle. The suspects in the vehicle were detained.
During the subsequent investigation and interviews by Officer Spotts of the Locust Township Police Department, both suspects admitted to being at 6 Stone House Road. The driver was identified as Dalton B. Bingaman of Muncy PA. The passenger was identified as Steven J. Martin, also of Muncy PA. MARTIN had items in his pocket which are believed to have been taken during the burglary. BINGAMAN and MARTIN were charged with Burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, criminal conspiracy to commit theft and receiving stolen property. Both were arraigned by Magisterial Judge Craig W. Long, Catawissa and committed to the Columbia County Prison after being unable to post the $50,000.00 straight bail.
If anyone observed any suspicious activity in this general area this morning, you are requested to call us at 570-799-5806 or via this app.
The Locust Township Police Department wants to point out how the 911 system and officers did an excellent job with this incident. This started with the reporting person recognizing the suspected burglary and/or interrupted burglary and immediately calling 911 to report the incident. The caller was able to provide details of the suspect vehicle which were provided to responding officers by the 911 dispatchers with the East Central Emergency Network. Officer Donald Spotts of the Locust Township Police Department responded to the home and checked the surrounding roadways. Officer Brenton Bacon of the Montour Township Police Department utilized his training and skills in identifying the suspect vehicle as it passed by him on SR42 north. Officer Bacon immediately advised Officer Jason Hayes, Catawissa Borough Police of the suspect vehicle and of the driver's distinct white t-shirt. (it is now known that the driver turned off SR42 and onto a secondary road to elude the police vehicle he had just passed)
Officer Jason Hayes had already been staged on SR42 near Mountain Road watching for the suspect vehicle. Approximately 27 minutes after the initial dispatch, Officer Jason Hayes saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle but the driver was now wearing a dark colored sweatshirt. Officer Hayes, based on his experience and skills believed this vehicle was the one that may have been involved in the burglary. Officer Hayes activated his emergency lights and siren to stop the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle rapidly accelerated out Mountain Road in an effort to flee from Officer Hayes. The driver subsequently stopped his vehicle after seeing Officer Hayes was still behind him.
Again, I want to recognize the experience and skills by the officers, ECEN dispatchers and the 911 caller who discovered the crime in progress and called 911 immediately. This is a "text book" incident on how the 911 / Emergency Responder Network can and does work in our area on a daily basis!
Chief Allen L. Breach