Four unsolved burglaries. More than $6,000 in jewelry and power tools taken.
Now, Cambria County Crime Stoppers has stepped in to offer up to $500 to anyone who can help the Adams Township police find the thieves.
With the holidays approaching, police in this rural community are bracing for what could be an uptick in crime.
“We know that through Thanksgiving and Christmas crime spikes, including robberies, burglaries and thefts,” township police Chief Kirk Moss said. “Criminals need holiday money, too.”
Police are searching for clues in four burglaries:
- On Sept. 30, a resident in the 100 block of Forest Hills Drive in Salix reported 18 pieces of jewelry were taken. Police believe the thief entered through an unlocked door and made off with the items valued at between $2,500 and $3,000.
- On Oct. 7, between $2,600 and $3,000 worth of jewelry was reported missing from a home in the 300 block of Peaceful Valley Road between Salix and Dunlo.
A day later a man was mowing his back lawn in the 1700 block of Oakridge Drive between Salix and Richland Township when someone entered the open garage and made off with a $200 power washer.
“Some bold person just walked in and took it,” Moss said. “That’s three incidents in two weeks about one mile apart.”
- A fourth burglary occurred Aug. 1 when someone entered a Rock Dump Road home and stole a handgun.
Township police already charged a man in connection with two Oct. 3 burglaries.
Shawn Raymond Everetts, 38, of the 500 block of Coleman Avenue, Johnstown, was charged Friday with multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He also faces a firearms violation, Moss said.
In a criminal complaint, police said Everetts allegedly forced open a door in the 300 block of Seesetown Road in Sidman and got away with two rifles valued at $750.
In a second complaint, police allege that Everetts entered a garage in the 100 block of Rock Dump Road in South Fork and made off with a Honda 5000-watt generator, two chain saws and a wrench set valued at $2,500.
Everetts is being held in the Somerset County Jail.
Police in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, charged Everetts and another man with stealing thousands of dollars worth of industrial batteries and powers tools they then sold to fund their drug addiction.
It’s not clear if Everetts is responsible for the other burglaries.
Moss urged residents to call police when they spot anything unusual or anyone suspicious.
“We don’t want people to feel like they’re bothered by calling,” he said. “We want every call we can possibly get.”
Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.