Police looking for a burglar who stole more than $40,000 worth of jewelry from the Kmart in Ephrata believe the same man is responsible for another crime at the store last year.
Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers has announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Ephrata police said the burglar in the early hours of March 25 broke through the doors of the garden center while the store at 1127 S. State Street was closed for business.
He then used either a small baseball bat or a pipe to break the
glass in the jewelry display cases and removed $41,678 worth of jewelry including gold chains, wedding
sets and diamonds, police said.
Investigators believe he's the same man who broke through
the glass doors in the garden center in the early morning of June 3, again while the store was closed for business, and stole a jewelry display
case from the counter.
Police said in surveillance video, he was seen cutting a security wire
that secured the display case to the jewelry counter two days before the burglary.
He's believed to be about 5'8" to 5'10" tall with brownish
red hair and a closely trimmed thin beard. In the video, he was wearing a
white ball cap that possibly had a Steelers or Penn State emblem on the
front, police said.
Anyone with information may call Ephrata police at 717-738-9200 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913.