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Hellam Twp. police arrest man wanted on warrants after search

After about an hour-long search, Hellam Township Police arrested a man who they said fled from them Thursday.

Hellam Township Police Commissioner Terry Inch said that, at about 1:50 p.m., he and Officer Wade Heaton were patrolling Hallam borough when York County 911 received a call that a man wanted on warrants was driving a rented white pickup in the area.

The caller also said the pickup had a broken-out rear window. Inch and Heaton found the truck and pursued it for about five minutes before the driver, later identified as Michael Joseph Marino, 29, of Dallastown, abandoned it on Alliance Avenue in Hallam.

Marino ran away from Inch and Heaton on foot, Inch said. Officers from Springettsbury and Lower Windsor townships, along with the York County Sheriff's Office, were called in to help look for him, Inch said.

After about an hour of searching, a Hallam resident called to say they had seen a man matching Marino's description.

"Straightaway, we knew it was the right guy," Inch said.

Hellam Township officers, along with officers from Lower Windsor Township, chased Marino on foot a second time, and caught him on West Beaver Street in Hallam, Inch said.

Inch said Marino is wanted on four warrants from York and one warrant from Lancaster. Marino's criminal history includes theft, drug and DUI charges, according to court records.

Bar patron sleeping in parking lot helped solve burglary, police say

A bar patron sleeping in his car in the parking lot after hours was able to help police solve the early morning break-in of the Red Rose Restaurant and Bar.

Hellam Township Police responding to a burglar alarm shortly before 4 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Lincoln Highway establishment found a door had been forced open.

Owner Frank Spagnola told York County detectives two cash drawers had been emptied of $600. An automatic teller machine also had been broken into and $2,680 had been stolen, according to the criminal complaint.

The patron told police he awoke when three men broke into the bar and watched as they left, each carrying something. He said he recognized one of the burglars as Shawn Michael Dupler, another bar regular who had been in the Red Rose the prior evening, according to police.

In December, District Judge Barry Bloss bound Dupler, 28, of Hellam Township, over for county court on charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

Dupler, who remains free on $15,000 bail, is awaiting formal arraignment.

No one else has been charged in the burglary.

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Pros burglarize E-town supermarket

This was a professional job.

Northwest Regional Police Chief Sam Gatchell has no doubt "sophisticated" criminals were behind an early-morning burglary Sunday at Darrenkamp's Elizabethtown Market.

"This was not a bunch of kids or a drug addict looking for his next quick fix," Gatchell said.

Some time before 6 a.m., at least two burglars cut a hole in an outside wall of the store at 191 S. Ridgeview Road, disabled the alarm and video surveillance systems and cut open a large safe before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, checks and postage stamps.

"They were very methodical about how they did it," Gatchell said. "And they went right for the big stuff. They didn't fool around with little things."

Dave Darrenkamp, one of the store's owners, said that the burglars, before entering the store, cut an exterior wire, which prevented the store's alarm system from communicating with the security company monitoring it.

Then, by cutting a hole in the metal-and-wood exterior wall with some kind of power saw, the burglars avoided the alarms on all of the store's doors.

The store's interior surveillance cameras took video of two burglars once they entered the building, Darrenkamp said.

"But they were wearing hoods, so you can't see their faces," he said. "They looked a lot like terrorists.

"You could see them running around using walkie-talkies to communicate."

Once inside, the burglars quickly disabled the store's alarm and video surveillance systems before they went to work on a safe with a power saw.

"They zipped right through that safe, took what they wanted and then they got out of there," Darrenkamp said. "I'm just thankful no one was hurt. They must have cased the place beforehand, because they hit when no one was there."

Darrenkamp said Monday evening he was still adding up the checks, cash and postage stamps stolen by the burglars .

"I'm not sure how much they got," he said.

Because the alarm system was completely disabled, no one knew about the burglary until store workers arrived around 6 a.m. Sunday to open the market.

Once they realized what happened, the workers notified police.

The store was closed Sunday because of the burglary and because the burglars damaged the store's refrigeration system, which had to be repaired.

The damage forced store workers to throw out some produce that was ruined, Darrenkamp said.

Repairs were made to the store Sunday and Monday, and it was open for business as usual Monday morning, Darrenkamp said.

"We've had people try to jimmy doors open and break windows before, but nothing like this," he said. "This was definitely a professional hit."

Gatchell said his officers have gathered some evidence, which will be tested for fingerprints.

He plans to alert other police departments throughout the region about the burglary.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I hear back that other departments are investigating similar incidents," he said. "These guys probably move around from place to place, hitting locations like this."

Northwest Regional Police ask that anyone with information about the burglary call the station at 367-8481.

Olive Garden's safe hit by burglars
Police probe link to other similar crimes

Someone cut into a safe at the Olive Garden restaurant near Park City Center late Saturday night or early Sunday and made off with cash, police said.

The burglar or burglars disabled the alarm system at the 910 Plaza Boulevard restaurant, police said.

"It was definitely more sophisticated than your average burglary," city police Lt. Todd Umstead said.

Some type of cutting instrument, possibly a blowtorch, was used to cut the safe open, he said.

The burglary was reported at 7 a.m. Sunday, he said, and it caused the restaurant to open late that day.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken, Umstead said.

The burglary is the latest in the county that doesn't fit "the typical kick the door in, grab what you can and run" crime pattern, Umstead said.

In August, Texas Roadhouse restaurant on Lincoln Highway East was hit by thieves who incapacitated the alarm system and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Sept. 20, at least two burglars cut a hole in an outside wall of Darrenkamp's Elizabethtown Market, 191 S. Ridgeview Road.

Before entering the store, the thieves cut an exterior wire, which prevented the store's alarm system from communicating with the security company monitoring it.

They then cut a hole in the metal-and-wood exterior wall with a power saw.

Wearing hoods so security cameras could not identify them, the two ranged through the store, communicating via walkie-talkie.

They also used the saw to cut through the safe and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, checks and postage stamps.

That case is being investigated by Northwest Regional Police.

Umstead said he does not know if the crimes, especially the Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse burglaries, are connected, but he said city police are discussing that with other departments.

"Our guys are surely talking to them because of the possibility they could be related."

Umstead said professional thieves are harder to nab than the more common smash-and-grab variety.

"The problem with something like this is, they hit a couple, and then they move on."

Home invasion granny, 86, fools robber by secretly tripping silent alarm

Last updated at 10:54 PM on 12th November 2010

An 86-year-old of woman has fooled a robber who invaded her suburban home by tripping a silent alarm which summoned police and lead to the capture of a suspect.

Gert Boyle who is the owner of Columbia Sportswear was roughed up when the robber tied her hands Wednesday afternoon, police said, but wasn't seriously injured.

Mrs Boyle who has been dubbed 'one tough mother, chairs the Oregon-based company's board took took an unusual day off from work yesterday a spokesman said.

Columbia Sportwear owner Gert Boyle, 86, secretly tripped a silent alarm when a robber invaded her home on Wednesday which alerted police.

Smart: Gert Boyle, 86, from Oregon fooled a robber who ambushed her at her home on Wednesday by saying she was turning off the alarm when in fact she tripped the secret alarm to alert police

She had burnished her hard-nosed reputation after her husband died of a heart attack and she took over Columbia in 1970.

In the 1980s, a national ad campaign showed her putting her son Tim and the products through extreme tests and her flexing her biceps tattooed with the words 'Born to Nag.'

On Wednesday, police said, Mrs Boyle pulled into the driveway of her home in West Linn and the robber approached her posing as a delivery man.

But when she got suspicious, he pulled a gun and ordered her inside the house.

Mrs. Boyle told the robber she had to disable the alarm but instead tripped a silent panic button that summoned officers.

When one arrived, he saw that Mrs Boyle's hands were bound and someone appeared to be inside the house. But the robber escaped through a back door and into a ravine.

Columbia Sportwear owner Gert Boyle, 86, secretly tripped a silent alarm when a robber invaded her home on Wednesday which alerted police.

Strong-willed: The Columbia Sportswear owner has been dubbed 'one tough mother' and lived up to her name by the handling of her home invasion

Sergeant Neil Hennelly said that six hours later at about 11:20 p.m, an officer saw a man limping outside a McDonald's where he had apparently been trying to clean himself.

His face was scratched, and he told the officer he had been working on the trees, Sgt Hennelly said.

The man identified himself as 39-year-old Nestor G. Caballero and police booked him on charges of burglary, robbery and kidnapping.

They found jewellery that appeared to be from Boyle's house, he said.

Sgt Hennelly said the man told them he targeted Mrs Boyle, but they don't have an indication he had committed any similar crimes. Nor are police certain of his identity, Hennelly said.

'We have no indication this guy has a criminal record, based on the name he's given us,' Sgt Hennelly said.

Despite bumps and bruises, Boyle's business instincts came to the fore when the West Linn police chief visited to brief her on the investigation.

'He mistakenly wore a North Face jacket, and he asked her how she was doing,' Hennelly said. 'She said she was doing fine until that jacket walked through the door.'