Royersford man charged in Montco burglary spree

SKIPPACK — A Royersford man is behind bars, charged with residential burglaries in Skippack Township and elsewhere in Montgomery County.

Andrew Nathan Top, 27, of the 900 block of Mennonite Road, was arraigned Sept. 12 before District Judge Albert Augustine of Skippack on felony and misdemeanor charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and related offenses.

Augustine set bail at $5,000 cash. Court records show Top was already incarcerated at Montgomery County Correctional Facility since Aug. 21 in lieu of $50,000 cash bail — set by District Judge Cathleen Kelly Rebar of Collegeville — in connection with other burglary and theft charges levied against him last month.

According to troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigation Unit based out of Skippack, on Aug. 21, state police responded to the report of a burglary on Betcher Road in Perkiomen Township.

The homeowner said that around 11:30 a.m., he returned home and saw an unknown white Acura sedan with tinted windows backed into his driveway, and he decided to slow down and circle the area until he saw the Acura drive away from his house, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in district court.

The homeowner followed the Acura and got the vehicle’s license plate number, and then contacted state police to tell them what he saw, according to the affidavit, and when the homeowner and troopers met at the man’s residence, they discovered someone had entered the house through a rear window and taken an iPod docking station worth $50, police said.

Just over an hour later, according to police, the white Acura bearing the reported license plate was stopped by troopers at a Wawa in Upper Providence Township — the driver was identified as Top, and the homeowner, who was brought to the scene, identified the Acura as the vehicle he had seen in his driveway.

Less than an hour later, according to the affidavit, state police received a report of a burglary on the 400 block of Reginald Lane in Skippack — the homeowner said that someone had broken into her home sometime within the past two hours and stolen gold necklaces, gold bracelets and U.S. currency valued at $1,140.

Later that afternoon, police executed a search warrant on Top’s Acura and allegedly found the stolen iPod docking station, as well as the jewelry and cash, according to the affidavit.

Police said they also recovered an Xbox gaming system, Oakley sunglasses, a Timex watch and a Fossil watch from the Acura — all of those items were identified as belonging to a homeowner on the 1500 block of Becker Road in Upper Frederick Township, who reported that their house was burglarized on Aug. 11 and that $6,630 worth of electronics, watches, jewelry, cash and more was stolen.

Among the other items allegedly taken from the Upper Frederick residence was a Samsung flat screen television, and on Aug. 22, police recovered the television from the bedroom of Top’s Royersford home, according to the affidavit.

Top is scheduled to return to Augustine’s Skippack courtroom on Sept. 24 for a preliminary hearing.

Court records show Top was convicted of burglary in 2005 and sentenced to 18-to-48 months behind bars; and then convicted again of burglary and related charges in 2009 and sentenced to four-to-eight years in jail. Top was released in June of this year, according to court records.