Man jailed for burglaries, thefts in 3-county crime spree

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Reading man suspected in a Lancaster County crime spree has been charged with several burglaries and thefts in Mount Joy Township.

Frederick E. Hoak Jr., 51, is accused of Jan. 6 burglaries at the Trolley Stop Diner and the JB Hostetter and Sons hardware store. He is also charged with thefts and criminal mischief for Dec. 6 thefts from soda and change machines at the Trolley Car Wash and Seigrist Auto Sales, Northwest Regional police said.

He was placed in Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail.

Hoak is suspected of other thefts in Elizabethtown, Columbia, Lititz, West Hempfield, and East Cocalico Township. Police believe he committed other thefts in Berks and Lebanon counties.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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