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Businesses: Break-ins too similar not to be related
By: Maria Miller
BARR TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Back to back break-ins were caught on camera in Cambria County earlier this week. They look similar and happened just miles apart so many are questioning if they're related.
6 News showed the video Monday and Tuesday. In both instances the suspects are wearing light-colored puffy coats and ski masks and using pry bars to try and gain entry. So far they haven't been able to get away with much, that's why business owners fear they're not finished.
"You can see he went right up to the window and there was an air conditioner in the window. They knocked that out and crawled in," said Jody Young, manager of the Blue Goose Inn.
Once the burglars made their way inside the bar and restaurant just outside of Nicktown early Monday morning, Young said video surveillance shows them going straight to the bar and getting into the cash register.
"He had his coat on and you could see him. He like pulled his coat out and dumped the change into his pocket," Young said.
When their attempt at finding cash was unsuccessful, the video shows one suspect trying to pry open a lottery machine near the front, but again the suspect failed. Young said everything was left so neat that if it wasn't for the damage on the lottery machine and the video her cameras captured, she may have never even known someone had broken in.
"I would expect things to be thrown around and really messed up," Young said. "It was hard to tell they were here."
Young's family has owned and operated the restaurant in for the past six years without any problems and she said incidents like this make the whole community feel unsafe.
"It really breaks your spirit when you think about it. You trust everyone that comes in and you want to trust people. They make you want to feel like part of the family in the area," Young said. "It's a great area and the people are wonderful and you just hate to think there's that one or two people that want to ruin things for you."
According to police, the burglary at the restaurant happened within 24 hours of an attempted break-in at Nic's Tobacco Outlet, just a few miles away in Northern Cambria. It too was captured on surveillance.
Both incidents are still under investigation, and state police said Wednesday they're not yet sure if they're related.
"In my opinion, I think it's the same people," Young said. "Even the coloring of the clothing in the two videos, it seems like it was pretty much the same people."
Both the manager of Nic's Tobacco Outlet and the Blue Goose Inn told 6 News they believe more than one person in the area knows who is behind the break-ins. They said they hope someone will come forward so everyone can regain their sense of safety.
Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call state police at the Ebensburg barracks at 814-471-6500.