A Rolla man is charged with burglary and the unlawful use of a weapon after breaking into a local residence and allegedly using the crawlspaces of the home to record videos of the residents.

A Rolla man is charged with burglary and the unlawful use of a weapon after breaking into a local residence and allegedly using the crawlspaces of the home to record videos of the residents.
 
Philip Rowland, age 33 of Rolla, was arrested on June 30 after two residents reported finding him in their home on Pine Street.
 
According to the probable cause statement, one of the residents observed what she believed to be someone’s arm when she looked through the floor vent of her bathroom. When she and her boyfriend investigated, they discovered a subject they recognized as Philip Rowland inhabiting the crawl-space or cellar area underneath their house. The female resident reported she saw Rowland wearing her underwear.
 
The probable cause statement says that when the male resident approached Rowland, he attempted to stab the resident with a screwdriver. Rowland then escaped the area on foot.
 
Multiple items were found underneath the house, according to the probable cause statement, including several illicit items removed from the main floor of the house. A cell phone was also recovered from the space, located directly underneath the bathroom vent.
 
According to the probable cause statement, a warrant was served to search the cell phone, after which four videos were found in the phone’s memory. These videos “were consistent with someone filming from the underneath of the house, through an air vent.”  The probable cause statement says each of the videos were of what appeared to be a female standing directly above the vent, and were dated May 12 through May 19. The probable cause statement indicates Rowland stayed underneath the house “unlawfully on more than one occasion.”
 
Email and Facebook accounts, along with text messages found on the phone, indicate it belonged to Rowland, and an examination by officers showed the duct was cut.
 
According to the probable cause statement, the female resident knew Rowland for approximately there years but “did not, at any time give permission to Philip Rowland to unlawfully enter and/or remain in her cellar/crawlspace at any time.”