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Charges are filed in Pa. burglaries

November 19, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A tip to Franklin County Crime Stoppers has led to charges being filed against two men in connection with two smash-and-grab burglaries last month and Pennsylvania State Police said they are investigating a possible connection with several other break-ins in Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties.

Justin A. Boxler, 22, of 198 Black Gap Road, Fayetteville, Pa., and Chad Roland Disney, 23, of 2972 White Church Road, Chambersburg, have each been charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy and theft, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in District Justice Larry Meminger's office. Boxler also was charged with two counts of criminal mischief, police said.

The two were charged in connection with burglaries at Maxx Exxon on Black Gap Road and Caretti's Pizza on Philadelphia Avenue that occurred in October.

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Maxx Exxon was broken into at about 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 29 when the front door glass was smashed and a lottery machine was stolen, according to the affidavit of probable cause. A surveillance tape showed two people wearing hooded sweatshirts attempt to steal a cash register, but leaving with a lottery machine.

On the morning of Oct. 29, police also investigated a burglary at Caretti's Pizza , where the glass front door was smashed and a cash register stolen between 11 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 7 a.m. on Oct. 29. About $100 in cash was taken, police said.

According to the affidavit, police investigated several similar burglaries that occurred at businesses in the following days. Doors or windows of the businesses were smashed and cash registers, safes, cigarettes and other items were stolen. Police had surveillance videos showing two people dressed in dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts.

On Sunday, police became aware of the Crime Stoppers tip that Boxler and Disney possibly were involved in the burglaries, the affidavit stated. Police put Disney under surveillance and followed him to a trailer park where Boxler lived.

Police allege in the affidavit that Boxler and Disney admitted to several other business burglaries in Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties. Police confirmed several other burglaries over a period of about six weeks. If any charges are filed in Adams and Cumberland counties, police said they will be consolidated in Franklin County.

Boxler was jailed on $10,000 bond and also was being held on a bench warrant alleging he failed to appear in court on charges of burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy, according to Meminger's office.

Disney was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment, according to Meminger.

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