Mountaintop Businesses Burglarized

A thief forced his way inside six Mountaintop businesses on October 29, prying open locked doors and, in each instance, stealing cash. The burglaries have left business owners uneasy and police vigilant, hoping to find the perpetrator and to prevent any further crimes.

“My advice is to keep an eye out for anything suspicious,” related Fairview Sergeant Phillip Holbrook. “If you see anything, call 911. We’d rather check it out and have it be nothing, than have it be something that was ignored.”

Wright Township Police Chief Royce Engler gave the same counsel and further advised that those who park near the Black Diamond Trail, off Route 437, be cautious after several instances, unrelated to the business break-ins, where burglars smashed vehicle windows to steal valuables inside.

The cash taken from the businesses ranged from minor amounts at some places to thousands stolen from others. Money was even taken from a local daycare center, in the form of coins collected by small children to donate to charity.

“In each case, entry was gained by the actor prying open a side or rear door and, once inside, he took cash,” reported Engler. “Other items were left alone. This guy was passing up computers, lap tops, electronics…He was just interested in cash.”

Three of the break-ins occurred in Wright Township and another three happened in Fairview Township, all on the same night, during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 29, leading into Oct. 30.

Holbrook described the same method of thievery in Fairview Township –forced entry through a

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