Alarm apparently stops burglar at Williamsport Town Hall

April 01, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |

WILLIAMSPORT — The alarm system at Williamsport Town Hall apparently thwarted a would-be burglar Friday morning.

Someone entered the building through an unlocked window at about 7 a.m. Friday but fled when the alarm went off, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

McCleaf said the intruder chose the wrong time to climb through the window because several of the town’s employees were in the building, which is at 2 N. Conococheague St.

“We heard the alarm go off,” McCleaf said.

The intruder left a bit of evidence behind, according to McCleaf.

 “They left some hand prints on the wall,” he said. “That was the extent of it.”

McCleaf said nothing like this has happened at Town Hall in the past, and he doesn’t know what actions can be taken to prevent further occurrences in the future.

“The Town Hall was open,” McCleaf said. “I don’t know what you can do about it. It was just one of those freaky things.”

Capt. Pete Lazich of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said he couldn’t release any further details because the incident was under investigation.

“We are currently looking into it,” Lazich said. “We have a couple of suspects we’re trying to track down and interview. We have evidence we’re trying to evaluate.”

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