Left to right: Troy Baker, Cornell Cole and Cornelius Smith
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Police have filed charges against three out-of-state men for their alleged roles in a commercial burglary ring that hit five Harrisburg-area businesses since May.
Lower Paxton Township police charged Troy E. Baker, 49, of Randallstown, Md.; Cornell A. Cole, 50, of Clinton, Md.; and Cornelius M. Smith, 36, of Washington DC, with several counts of burglary and criminal conspiracy, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Friday.
Marsico said the men traveled from their homes and stole thousands of dollars from businesses during burglaries that were committed during the middle of the night.
Two burglaries occurred in May at the Colonial Lounge Restaurant at 580 N. Mountain Road, and at L&N Beverage at 600 N. Mountain Road, according to court documents.
Two more were reported in June at the Colonial Country Club at 4901 Linglestown Road, and at the Super 7 Mart at 514 N. Progress Avenue.
A fifth burglary occurred in August at the Blue Ridge County Club at 3940 Linglestown Road.
Authorities said in court papers that the defendants cut phone and cable wires outside of the businesses, pried open doors and disabled security systems, then used tools to cut or pry open safes, ATMs and lottery machines.
Baker and Cole were charged in all five burglaries, while Smith was charged for the break-ins at the Super 7 Mart and the Blue Ridge Country Club, documents state.
Additional charges were filed for burglaries in Schuylkill and Chester counties.
The three are being held at a prison in Luzerne County, where they are accused of similar crimes, Marsico said.