Washington liquor store burglarized

April 21, 2017

A man wearing a white sheet wrapped around his head broke into the Wine and Spirits store in Washington Thursday night but did not get away with a drop of liquor or a dime.

The store at 980 Jefferson was closed for the day, but an employee was in the store completing paperwork about 9:20 p.m. when he heard a loud crash. He saw a man wearing what he thought was a white shirt over his head and wearing a black shirt inside the store with a bag. The employee yelled, and the burglar ran out of the store, fleeing in an unknown direction.

Police checked store surveillance video, which shows the man walk up to the front door. He appeared to kick the glass, breaking it. He then climbed through the opening into the store.

The burglar was white, wore a black T-shirt with yellow lettering on the front, jeans and boots. He was carrying a book bag.

City police are going to review surveillance tapes from the store and nearby businesses.

Less than two hours earlier, a man also wearing a black T-shirt with yellow lettering bilked a business about a block from the liquor store out of about $80 in a quick-change scam.

The man reportedly gave the clerk at the Dairy Queen, 99 E. Wylie Ave., a $50 bill when he made a purchase about 7:30 p.m. He then told her that she gave him the wrong change and was able to get his $50 bill and more money back.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 724-223-4226.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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