Police: Woman finds city man in home holding fedora

Zirtsch allegedly asked if he could keep the hat

An Altoona man is in jail on felony charges after police say a woman found him in her home with her fedora in one hand and a sports drink from the refrigerator in the other.

According to Altoona police, Adam S. Zirtsch, 27, allegedly walked into the house, took a Powerade from the refrigerator and drank some of it before he walked to an upstairs bedroom and took the hat.

Police were called to the home on the 1500 block of Third Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Saturday after the woman found Zirtsch in a second-story bedroom, holding her fedora. She said she was getting ready for work in another bedroom when she heard an unknown voice.

When she walked into the other bedroom, Zirtsch was standing, holding her fedora and the sports drink. He then asked if he could have the hat, and when she told him he couldn’t and that she didn’t know him and he needed to leave, Zirtsch allegedly started to explain that he was drunk, and then he fell over.

After a couple minutes, the woman grabbed Zirtsch and pushed him out of the house and in the process, collected the hat and Powerade drink from him, police said.

Police found Zirtsch walking down the block and indicated that he was unintelligible when he spoke and had a hard time answering questions. He told officers multiple times he was trying to get to a friends house and that he fell on the ground.

At first, Zirtsch denied entering any house, but then said he went to the home to ask for help and the woman allowed him inside. He said he may have lived at the house at one time when asked by police if he had ever lived there, according to the charges.

Zirtsch was booked on felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller arraigned Zirtsch on Saturday night and set bail at 10 percent of $25,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Central Court.


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