July 25, 2008

Burglars Escape With Money And A Pickup In East Cocalico

By Hoober, John M III

East Cocalico Township police are looking for burglars who stole money and a truck from Steffy Concrete Inc. near Reamstown, and investigators have released video surveillance photographs of two shirtless men they believe were involved. Two or more men entered the firm at 243 East Church St., Stevens, at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, said firm owner Darrel Steffy.

They got in through the lunchroom," said Steffy. They took several hundred dollars, a few odds and ends items, and one of our pickup trucks."

The truck reportedly was found about a half mile away from the firm.

At least two men were involved in the burglary, police said. Anyone who can identify the burglars or who has information about the crime is asked to contact East Cocalico Township Police Detective Keith Neff at 336-1725.

In other police incidents:

A report of shots fired sent Lancaster police to the 600 block of Rockland Street at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers found numerous shell casings and a trail of blood, but no victim.

We guess he got into a car," said Lt. Michael Bradley.

Police also checked local hospitals, but got no reports of anyone treated for gunshot wounds.

A clerk at a Turkey Hill Minit Market in East Petersburg fought with a walked-be robber early today, and the bandit got no money, Manheim Township police said.

Robert Nace, who is a clerk at the 5959 Main St. (Route 72) store, told police that shortly before 2:40 a.m. he went outside the back of the store to empty trash, and a vehicle pulled up.

The driver jumped out of the vehicle, grabbed Nace from behind, forced him back into the store, and demanded that he empty the cash register, police said.

Nace and the bandit struggled until the bandit left the store. No money was taken, and the clerk was not hurt, police said.

The bandit was described as a white male, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1 inches tall, who weighed 200 to 220 pounds. He wore a mask and dark- colored mechanic-type overalls, police were told. His vehicle was an older gray or green compact vehicle.

Also in Manheim Township, thieves broke into four vehicles Monday night in the parking lot of the Conestoga Warehouse Trucking Co., 701 Martha Ave.

Three of the vehicles were truck tractors, and one was a pickup. A $500 GPS navigational unit and a compact-disc player were stolen from the vehicles, but both were recovered, police said.

The thieves also entered the trucking company building, but nothing appeared to be taken, police said.

In Lancaster thieves grabbed GPS navigational units valued at $349 and $175 Monday night from vehicles in the 200 block of East Clay Street and the 400 block of East Orange Street, city police said. The thieves broke windows of both vehicles.

Also in Lancaster, thieves broke broke a window of a 2003 Ford coupe in the 500 block of East Frederick Street on Monday night and fled with a compact-disc player, police said. The theft loss and damage totaled $400.

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