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State police hoping photos helps identify burglary suspect

By Maria Miller 

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. -- State police in Somerset are still investigating a rash of burglaries throughout the county. 

They tell 6 News there have been at least 19 businesses broken into so far. On Monday they released pictures of the burglar.

Police said they received surveillance pictures and videos from Kantner Iron and Steel where the burglar is accused of breaking into. Police said they believe the man in the pictures is involved in several other burglaries throughout Somerset County. It's hard to make out his face but police said it appears the man has a limp, specifically they said his right foot turns in when he walks. 

Lamonicas Restaurant, Green Gables and Coal Miner's Cafe are all restaurants in the Jennerstown area where safes were broken into in mid-August. 

State police said that same week, someone attempted to break open an ATM machine at the First National Bank, also in Jennerstown. 

Police said since then, Castagna's Restaurant, Mostoller's Restaurant and gas station, Taylor Construction, PBS Coals, Laurel Mountain Inn, Dough Girls Pizza Shop, Stove Tops, Rick's Auto, Marts Mini Mart, The Oakhurst Tea Room and Somerset Door and Column were also targeted. That's at least six different areas of the county.

Police said they're not sure if all 19 cases are related but they do believe the man in the photos is involved in at least a couple of them. They also said he most likely had some help. 

Police said they don't yet have a combined total on how much has been taken from the businesses but as they continue to investigate they are asking for help from the public. Anyone with information should give them a call at the Somerset barracks at 814-445-4104.

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Edgar Snyder

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