Persistent burglar keeps coming back

June 4, 2008 4:01:50 PM PDT
The burglar has broken into a Bala Cynwyd office building 5 separate times since January. He hit 8 businesses some of them more than once. Now police need your help identifying him so they can bring his burglaries to an end. The suspect is seen on surveillance tape from his most recent break-in at 111 Presidential Boulevard about a week and a half ago. At first, he covers his face, but later as he tries to open an office door, he gives up and then walks right under the camera in plain view. When he does get into an office he walks right out with tens of thousands of dollars in electronics--50 inch plasma Tv's and petty cash.

"One night I think he got about 6 or 8 computers. Another night, he got 6 laptop computers," Sgt. John Stillwagon told Action News.

The burglary blitz began back in January. Police say he gets in through a garage level door that was broken and didn't lock. Once fixed, police say, he started breaking windows and prying open doors to gain access. In the most recent burglary, he wasn't alone.

"Now there's 2 people in the hallway" Sgt. Stillwagon said while showing us the video. "If they confront someone, you don't know what's gonna happen, so that's one of our concerns." Police say when the suspect breaks in around 2:30 to 4:30 in the morning, no employees are around, but there is security on site. They've yet to see him or the accomplice.

Employees told us they were instructed not to talk about the burglaries. Off-camera, some said they can't believe it's happened so many times. One young woman said during the day the building seems secure.

Police say there wasn't anything sensitive on the computers taken. There have been other businesses broken into in recent months including the aquatic and fitness center around the corner. And the suspect matches the same description. If you recognize him, contact Lower Merion police.


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