On 07/05/2019 at approximately 1737 hours, York County Control was notified of two suspicious males attempting to sell a Dewalt drill at Citizen's Bank on Carlisle Road. Officers from the West Manchester Township Police Department were dispatched to take a report.
While en route, Officers were able to get one of the males in custody and the other was to be hiding in the small strip of trees between a building on White Street and Bannister Street. Officers walked the entire tree line for a period of approximately 20 minutes but the brush was too thick to see entirely through and after that time period the search was called off. Officers recovered a Dewalt Compact Brushless Drill/Driver Kit, still in box with a plastic wrap around it used to seal boxes when sold in stores.
An Officer went to Lowe’s with the drill to return it at which time he spoke to a manager, who scanned the drill and advised it was sold in their store for $219.00.
At approximately 2215 hours, an Officer received a call from YCC who stated that they received a call from a male who had been at the bus stop at Walmart and an individual also there had stated that he had run from the police earlier that night and had laid down in the brush for 4 hours. The suspect was described as a short, light skinned Hispanic male in a tight hoodie, red basketball style shorts and tan shoes.
The Officer arrived in the area and a male matching that description was the only person at the bus stop. He was handcuffed and told the Officer his name is Jesus Ortiz Ruiz. The Officer read him his Miranda Rights and he advised he understood them and was willing to speak with the Officer.
The Officer asked him why he thought he was there and he replied "Because you were looking for me because I ran from you earlier". The Officer asked him what would lead him to hide from us and he said because he was "with someone who stole". The Officer asked him "stole from where?" to which he replied "Lowe's".
Officers called the original complainant and asked him to tell us the story of the interaction he had with the 2 suspects. He stated he was at Citizen's Bank at approximately 1730 hours this date when he noticed a Hispanic male (confirmed to be Santiago-Vasquez) looking like he was attempting to sell a drill. He approached Santiago-Vasquez to speak with him about it, when Ruiz appeared. The complainant stated he did not see where Ruiz came from "but that he just walked up out of nowhere". He stated that Santiago-Vasquez was holding the drill the entire time but Ruiz did all the talking and "seemed to be the one in charge". He Officers that when he asked the two men where they got the drill, Ruiz blatantly stated "We took it from that store over there" and looked directly at Lowe's. As they negotiated a price, the complainant informed them he would need to call his boss and get the money from the ATM, at which time he called 911 to report the incident, saying "I wasn't going to buy a stolen drill". As police arrived in the area, both suspects walked away and went into a small tree line that sits between Burger King and Carlisle Road, at which time PD lost sight of them as they pulled up to speak with the complainant.
Based on the above information, Jesus Ortiz Ruiz was charged with 1 count of Retail Theft, Misdemeanor 1 and 1 count of Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Retail Theft, Misdemeanor 1.
The co-defendant (Jose Santiago-Vasquez) in this incident was also charged.