SANATOGA PA – Police have arrested a 23-year-old resident of North Plum Street in Lancaster PA, Timothy J. Schittler, and charged him with the brazen mid-April jewelry burglary at the K-Mart department store in Sanatoga as well as a similar burglary that occurred during March at another K-Mart in Ephrata PA.
Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz, during his monthly report Monday (May 5, 2014) to the township Board of Commissioners, said department Det. Daniel Kienle worked the local burglary case on “a solid lead” developed from tips. He then collaborated with Ephrata police to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, and seized evidence that allegedly connected the suspect to the crimes in both jurisdictions.
Foltz’s report, which did not identify Schittler by name, said he was “now in custody and charged with burglaries to both the Lower Pottsgrove and Ephrata cases.” A news story on Schittler’s April 25 arrest in connection with the crimes was published last Wednesday (April 30) by The Ephrata Review newspaper.
Schittler has been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by unlawful taking, according to the publication, and currently is being held at the Lancaster County Prison.
In the Sanatoga case, Foltz recounted how the burglar forcibly entered the store April 17 at about 2 a.m. through exterior doors in its garden department, smashed open its glass jewelry displays near the front entrance, and made off with merchandise valued at $48,000 only 8 minutes before police arrived in response to two alarm activations.
Despite assistance from Pottstown and Limerick police, and a complete search of the premises by officers and canine units, no suspects were found at the time, the chief said.
Reports that potentially linked the Sanatoga and Ephrata cases were said to be instrumental in the effort between the two departments that ultimately led to Schittler’s arrest. A third burglary, which occurred in early morning hours during June 2013, also is part of the Ephrata case, The Ephrata Review wrote.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ May 5 meeting):
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