Police suspect link in 3 Cumberland County burglaries

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police believe there’s a link between three overnight burglaries at service stations in Cumberland County, so they’re working together to crack the case.

For the service shop owners, it was not a happy morning.

“I went to unlock the door … and it was unlocked,” said Dave Johnson, owner of Dave’s Service Center in Mechanicsburg where the burglars stole a few stickers.

“The only thing they got from me was cash and a flashlight. My good flashlight is gone,” William Palmer of Palmer’s Automotive in Hampden Township said. The thieves took $150.

Jodi Foust at Ribble’s Garage in Silver Spring Township got it the worst.

“They took a car from us,” Foust said. “A customer’s car.”

The three break-ins had different outcomes, but it’s not hard to see the similarities.

“They cut our power lines,” Johnson said.

Power lines and electrical cords were cut in all three crimes, probably to avoid alarms or surveillance. Then, the burglars broke a window.

“Violated, upset,” Foust said. “I hope to get the person.”

Police believe the burglar was looking for inspection stickers, and they may have some leads. Police departments in the three municipalities were working with Cumberland County’s Crime Scene Unit.

“We’re very fortunate we all know each other,” Mechanicsburg police Sgt. Brian Curtis said. “We get along with each other, we have each other’s phone numbers, and so we’re able to make quick contact out there and share information easily.”

He adds that, unfortunately, for burglaries like these, ’tis the season.

“With the holidays coming around and, unfortunately, you just can’t discount the ideas of drugs history with the heroin crisis,” Curtis said.

The three small shop owners took a big hit.

“$1,500 to $2,000 is the work we had scheduled,” Palmer said.

But they all have faith that it’ll be over soon.

“They made some mistakes here, so that’s good,” Foust said.

If you have information on any of these crimes, please call your local police department.

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