MEDIA RELEASE #1866, COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES, UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) – VOLANT, SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, MERCER COUNTY, PA
The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop D, Mercer, continues their investigation of two commercial burglaries that occurred at the VFW Post #7465, 1470 Brent Road, Volant, Springfield Township, Mercer County, PA.
On September 9, 2015, two white male unknown suspects made entry into the building and caused approximately $15,000, of damage once inside. On September 17, 2015, a second commercial burglary occurred at the same location. The unknown suspects made entry in the same fashion as the previous burglary and again stole cash from inside the building and caused damage. It is believed the same suspects are responsible for both burglaries.
On September 17, 2015, at 4:45 a.m., two unknown white male suspects, possibly teens/early 20’s, entered Station 27 Fire Company on Dunham Road, located on Dunham Road, Vernon Township, Crawford County. The unknown suspects cut telephone wires, disabling alarms prior to entry. They were wearing dark clothing and headwear concealing their faces. The unknown suspects used a flat bar to pull the safe from anchors and pried open vending machines. They were unable to carry the safe from the building. The unknown suspects fled the building after approximately 45 minutes.
On September 15, 1015, at 4:18 a.m., two unknown suspects attempted to beat the lock off a metal door located in the front vestibule of the Highland VFW 376, located on Park Road, Chippewa Township, Beaver County, with a sledgehammer. They were unsuccessful gaining access through the vestibule. They then broke a 1X1 window on the door, and reached their arm around and attempted to open the door, but again were unsuccessful. The unknown suspects left the area. Earlier that same day at 6:50 p.m., exterior video showed one vehicle come into the driveway, stop short of the parking lot, turn into the grass front yard, turn around and back up on the driveway, they then parked and watched the VFW for approximately five minutes. The vehicle was a cobalt blue in color Honda Ridgeline with PA stickers on the windshield. There should have been no vehicles in the lot since the club was closed on that day.
Multiple agencies in Beaver County have investigated similar incidents involving burglaries and attempted burglaries of VFW Posts.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you have information on this crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.
All information is accurate as of Release Date.