Sunday, March 20, 2016

Police arrest suspect during burglary in progress

MARCH 20, 2016
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Arrest Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2016

On 03-20-16 at 11:54 AM the Columbia Police were called to an address in the 400 blk. of N. 3rd for a burglary in progress. It was reported that the homeowner came home from vacation to find a person, later identified as Zachary Jock, in his house and detained him until police arrived.

Officers arrived a short time later and took Jock into custody. It was determined that Jock had been in the house at least two (2) days and was wearing clothing that belonged to the homeowner and his girlfriend when taken into custody. Jock also had a backpack on him that contained several items from the homeowner as well as his child. Jock ate food that the victims had bought prior to going on vacation and was sleeping on the first floor of the house.

The homeowner stated that numerous furniture items were moved around the house, most of the clothing that was in drawers and in the laundry room had been moved as well as food had been used and two (2) knives were thrown into the ceiling of the first floor. Numerous items were missing from the house and are valued at approx. $2,800.00. Several items in the house were damaged including damage to a door and window. Damage was estimated at approx. $1,075.00. The victims also found pills, alcohol and cigarettes that did not belong to them in the house.

Jock was taken to central arraignment after being charged with one felony count of Burglary, a felony count of Theft, a misdemeanor charge of Criminal Mischief and two (2) misdemeanor counts of Prohibited Acts. If anyone has any other information they are asked to contact the Columbia Borough Police Department.

Arraignment Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2016
400 blk. N. 3rd St.
Columbia, PA 17512
First Name: 
Middle Name: 
Last Name: 
Date of Birth: 
21 years 2 months ago
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 66in
Weight: 140lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

Registered Address: 
Last Known Home Address: 
2000 blk. Lehman St.
Lebanon, PA 17046
United States

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  1. What connection does this guy from Lebanon have to Columbia? Did he just wander toward Columbia and happen to end up at a home where the occupants were on vacation? If so, this is pretty creepy.

  2. I've noticed a few new faces from Lebanon, ,,, is it the drugs in the Boro

  3. He had to know that particular home was going to be vacant.