North Franklin Township car wash burglarized

February 12, 2013

North Franklin Township police are trying to determine whether a burglary late Saturday at a West Chestnut Street car wash is connected to a string of break-ins at three Washington businesses early Friday.

The owner of BJ’s Car Wash, 1880 W. Chestnut St., went to his business about 11:35 p.m. after being notified the burglar alarm had been activated, police said. When the owner arrived, he discovered the business had been entered.

Police arrived to find a refrigerator from a neighboring business had been pushed to the side of the car wash. Plastic chairs were then stacked on the refrigerator to form a makeshift ladder the burglar used to climb to the roof the of car wash, police said.

Once on top of the roof, the burglar removed a vent and entered the building. Office doors were forced open. The burglar went through files in the offices, then entered the car wash area. Three $10 bills were found on the floor. After trying to force open a side door, it appears the culprit left by partially opening a garage door.

Three business in Washington were burglarized between midnight and 4:45 a.m. Friday. Police arrived to find the doors forced open at Krency’s, 990 Jefferson Ave.; Triple T’s Tavern, 30 Oregon St.; and Shorty’s Lunch, 34 W. Chestnut St.

Refuse workers reported seeing a white man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build and round face, going out the back door at Shorty’s. The suspect ran across West Chestnut in the direction of West Spruce Street. City police chased the suspect for several blocks before losing him in the area of Washington Christian Outreach on Ridge Avenue.

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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