Authorities are seeking the public s help identifying a man who police believe may be connected to two burglaries at the same Kmart in Ephrata.
The first burglary occurred at approximately 4:45 a.m. June 3. A male suspect broke through the glass doors in the garden department of the store while it was closed. He then ran to the jewelry department and stole a jewelry display case before fleeing the store, police said.
The second burglary occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m. March 25. A male suspect again broke through the same glass doors and used a small baseball bat or pipe to break through a jewelry case. He got away with jewelry that included gold chains, wedding sets and diamonds, police said.
Video surveillance footage taken two days before the first burglary showed a man cutting a security wire to the jewelry display case counter, according to police.
That suspect is described as white and between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10. He has red hair, a closely trimmed bear and was wearing a white baseball cap when he was caught on camera. The hat possibly had either a Pittsburgh Steelers or Penn State logo on it.
Police believe that video surveillance footage of the two burglaries show the same person committed both crimes.
Anyone with information on the suspect accused of cutting the security wire or the burglaries is eligible for a reward up to ,000.
Callers are encouraged to contact Detective Lockhart with Ephrata police at 717-738-9200, Ext. 241 or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913.
Those with information also can anonymously text a tip to Crime Stoppers by using a cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411.