Police: Delco man left infant alone, burglarized neighbors

Posted: October 13, 2012

A self-described heroin addict left his year-old child alone watching Nickelodeon while he tried to burglarize his Delaware County neighbors, police said.

Neighbors said they saw Arthur Langley, 20, of Brookhaven Borough, trying to open windows of houses along the 3000 block of Victor Avenue.

Langley told police he had been trying to get in to use a phone.

Police found damage to ground-floor windows of one house and to a sliding door on an upstairs porch of another, according to court documents.

Langley also told police he had left his infant unattended.

When police entered Langley's home, they found the baby strapped into a floor seat, happily waving her arms at the characters on TV, borough Police Chief John Eller said.

"She was a happy camper," he said.

The child, who was visiting her father, was returned to her mother.

Police also found used needles and plastic bags containing heroin residue in the downstairs bathroom and first-floor bedroom, according to court documents.

When questioned, Langley said he had "a very bad heroin addiction" and had gone out to burglarize houses looking for money or items he could sell. He was looking in mailboxes and under porch mats and furniture cushions for keys to enter properties, police said.

"He was more of an opportunist looking for something to be open," Eller said.

Langley was charged with burglary, trespassing, endangering the welfare of a child, and related crimes. He was remanded to the Delaware County jail with bail set at $100,000.

Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149, mschaefer@phillynews.com, or follow @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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