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Pair charged in car break-ins

February 22, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After thieves broke into 11 vehicles last Tuesday and seven more on Friday, Chambersburg Area Senior High School Principal Dennis Hillwig said Monday he didn't expect it to happen again so soon.

The school and Chambersburg police were, however, ready Monday morning when two men were seen breaking into a vehicle in one of the two student parking lots. Two men were arrested after they were picked up by Pennsylvania State Police in Guilford Township, according to Cpl. Michael Rosenberry of the Chambersburg Police Department.

Brian C. Brown, 24, of Fort Loudon, Pa., and Brad Allen Worthy, 22, of Shade Gap, Pa., were arraigned before District Justice Gary L. Carter late Monday afternoon on misdemeanor theft charges, according to Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso.

According to borough police, the report of a vehicle being broken into at a student lot came in at about 11:15 a.m. Hillwig said Preston Strayer, a school security officer and part-time police officer, "staked it out and had backups that he called in."

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When police closed in, Rosenberry said the two men got into a light blue 1991 Ford Explorer and "attempted to ram one of the cruisers."

Police pursued the Explorer, which Rosenberry said the men abandoned in an alley off the 400 block of Wayne Avenue. The men then fled southwest on foot.

Rosenberry, who searched the area with a police dog, said state troopers and a state police helicopter were called in to help with the search.

Citizen tips led state police to pick up Brown and Worthy off Loop Road near Tanya Drive in Guilford Township, according to Rosenberry. Kelso said they were taken into custody sometime between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

Rosenberry said police were investigating whether the two men were involved in the two incidents last week.

Hillwig said he "couldn't believe" thieves struck again so quickly.

"It looked like they were specifically looking for stereo components, speakers and CDs," Hillwig said about the thefts last week. Other personal items were also taken from some of the vehicles, he said.

Hillwig did not have a dollar figure on the loss from the thefts and damage to the vehicles but said, "It has to be substantial."

Kelso said Brown was on probation in Franklin County and Worthy was on state parole. Both were being held at Franklin County Prison Monday night.

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