WILKES-BARRE — Knock, knock. Who’s there? Police!
Police who? You’re under arrest.
City police didn’t have to search an off-campus apartment near King’s College to find an alleged burglar.
Rahim Smith, 33, opened a rear door and was greeted by officers investigating a burglary at the off-campus apartment building on West North Street early Friday morning.
Smith was arraigned by District Judge Gerald Feissner in Freeland on a single count of burglary and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Christopher Hobson told police he was in his third-floor bedroom and alone in the apartment as his roommates were out. Hobson called 911 after hearing someone banging at a rear door.
Hobson said he stayed in his bedroom with the door closed. He said there was “forceful banging” at his bedroom door, which was forced open. Hobson heard the suspect leave a hallway when police arrived.
Police said they were about to open the rear door and were greeted by Smith, who told them Hobson owed him money for a gambling debt.
Police said Hobson was found in his bedroom. The door to Hobson’s bedroom was damaged as if someone had forced it open from the hallway, the complaint says.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 24 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.