Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Home alone, just not at his house

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Drinking a fruit drink and watching a little television at home isn't usually a crime.

        That is, unless the homeowners don't know you're there — or don't even know you.

        Adam C. McAllister of Reading was indicted on a felony count of burglary after authorities say he visited a stranger's Deerfield Township home.

        Mr. McAllister, 19, was indicted by a Warren County grand jury. The indictments were made public Tuesday.

        He is accused of entering the home on May 23 and spending some time there, Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said. Mr. McAllister, who claimed to be homeless, watched television and drank Capri Sun — a fruit drink popular with children.

        Authorities say that as the unidentified homeowners were returning, the visitor fled out a back door — leaving behind a Penn State cap and his shoes.

        Mr. McAllister was wearing the hat earlier that day when he visited a sheriff's substation in Deerfield Township requesting a life squad because he was feeling ill, officials said. Deerfield authorities recalled the hat after it was found in the home, Mr. Oliver said.

        Also facing an indictment is Cortez Larkin, 18, after police said he led them on a chase in a stolen van.

        He is charged with failure to comply with a police officer, a felony, and felony and misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property.

        Authorities say Mr. Larkin, who is from the Columbus area, was in a van in the parking lot of Kings Island Inn April 30. As police approached the van, they said, Mr. Larkin took off and led police on a chase to Wilmington.

        The van was stolen in Columbus.

        Mr. Oliver said Mr. Larkin also possessed stolen car keys and had a stolen license plate on the van, Mr. Oliver said.


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