Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

An alert York City patrol officer thwarted a man in the process of burglarizing the White Rose Bar & Grill early Tuesday morning, police said.

Officer Christopher Roosen was on routine patrol about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday near the corner of West Philadelphia and Beaver streets when he heard glass breaking, according to city police Capt. Tim Utley.

So the officer drove around the bar, which is located at 48 N. Beaver St., the captain said.

Roosen didn't immediately see anyone, but he could still hear glass breaking, according to Utley.

Hiding on patio: Roosen got out of his car and started walking around the building, which is when he spotted a would-be burglar trying to hide in the bar's open-air patio area, Utley said.

That person was Christopher Ronald Smith, 56, of no fixed address, according to the captain; Roosen ordered Smith to the ground and called for backup.

Officers then discovered someone — Smith, allegedly — broke a double-paned section of glass that's part of a locking gate between the patio and the bar, Utley said.

Smith remains in York County Prison on $75,000 bail, charged with burglary.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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