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11 charged in Waynesboro break-ins

September 06, 2000

11 charged in Waynesboro break-ins



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Eleven people, including five juveniles, have been charged in a series of burglaries into a single home over a two-day period that netted more than $13,000 worth of jewelry, savings bonds and electronic entertainment equipment, Chief Barry Keller of the Washington Township Police Department said Wednesday.

The owners of the home in the 300 block of Strickler Avenue were away when the break-ins occurred, Keller said.

"They went in a couple of different times over a two-day period. It's a real complex case in that they didn't all go in at the same time," Keller said.

He credited his investigating officers with solving the case and bringing about arrests. Keller said several people who were asked to keep an eye on the home during the owners' absence helped in the investigation.

More than $11,500 in stolen merchandise has been recovered in the Quincy-Mont Alto, Pa., areas. The electronic equipment recovered involved mostly television sets, VCRs and stereo equipment, police said.

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Police identified the six adults charged as:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Aaron J. Burton, 20, of 13673 Harbaugh Church Road, Waynesboro, charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Donald P. Socks, 24, of 7189 Slabtown Road, Waynesboro, burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy and theft.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Christopher Mummert, 18, of 137 North Potomac St., Waynesboro, receiving stolen property.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dustin E. Baker, 18, of 113 Hamilton Ave., Waynesboro, criminal trespass.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Robert Shaffer Jr., 19, of 406 E. Main St., Waynesboro, criminal trespass.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Paul M. McCracken, 20, of 20 W. North St., Waynesboro, criminal trespass.

The five juveniles in the case ranged in ages from 15 through 17 and were booked on similar charges, police said.

The cases have been sent to District Justice Larry Pentz, Keller said.

None of the adult suspects is being held, he said. The juveniles were turned over to juvenile authorities.

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