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Naked intruder caught sleeping in Pottsville home

Naked intruder caught sleeping in Pottsville home

A naked man was found sleeping in a home Thursday afternoon in Pottsville.

According to Pottsville Police, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Pottsville Police units were dispatched to an address on Cottage Hill West Road for a break and enter.

Further information from dispatch revealed that an unknown male had been found sleeping on the porch of the caller’s home.

Upon arrival, officers located the man known as Christopher Tobias, 37, sleeping naked in the victim’s home.

Tobias was immediately taken into custody and then said: “I didn’t take anything.”

A search of Tobias’ jacket which was on the couch next to him revealed 2 glass pipes with burnt residue suspected to be methamphetamines, a Schedule II controlled substance. Tobias apparently had boxers lying on the ground from where he was found. No other clothing or shoes were found.

Further investigation revealed that between 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., Tobias entered the victim’s house while he and his family were present.

After informing Tobias of his Miranda warnings, he agreed to provide a statement.

When questioning Tobias, he said he had walked from the bike path through the wooded area behind the house and the rest of his clothes were somewhere in the woods. Tobias allegedly entered the house through an unlocked door at the rear of the house. Tobias said he heard people talking when he entered the house. Tobias further admitted that he did not have permission to enter or stay inside the house.

Tobias indicated he did not know the owner and said he was inside the residence for a few minutes. Tobias also admitted to ingesting methamphetamines earlier in the day and referred to the substance as “medicine.”

Tobias was transported to City Hall where his personal belongings (coat and 2 maps) were secured.

Sgt. Renee Truscott filed a criminal complaint requesting an arrest warrant for Christopher Tobias for Criminal Trespass (F3), Persistent Disorderly Conduct (M3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M).

Tobias was taken before custody District Judge David Plachko for his preliminary face-to-face arraignment and he was subsequently remanded to the Schuylkill County Jail in lieu of cash bail of $100,000.00.