Police closing in on people behind 5 commercial burglaries

Police closing in on people behind 5...

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - Police said they are hot on the trail of a group of thieves. Authorities said they have surveillance pictures to thank for helping them track down one of the suspects, who has admitted to breaking into a store in Caernarvon Township, but now authorities are still looking for more people in a total of five burglaries in the span of a week earlier this month.

"We came into the office and I was walking around the back of the office and I noticed that two locks on both of our doors had been broken," said Jim Alaimo, one of the store owners affected by the break-ins.

Alaimo's store, My Pet's Brace, which custom makes braces for dogs and other animals, was one of the businesses the thieves allegedly tried to break-into. Luckily, they didn't get past the double locked back door and his tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment was safe.

"It would have been sad that we would have had to close down if we would have got broken into probably," he said.

Alamino was one of the lucky ones. All together, five businesses were broken into in less than a week. One of the businesses was on Morgantown Road, but the other four were on Main Street, all within walking distance.

Authorities said the thieves broke into an auto auction on Morgantown Road, but got nothing. Then, on Main Street, they twice forced their way into a hair salon and got a little more $200. They were able to grab some small electronics from a travel agency and finally, some more cash from a car repair spot.

Alamino said he will never again be caught without an alarm system.

"Our burglar alarm is just about up and running. We were concerned that it wasn't in full force at the time," said Alaimo.

Authorities said they are getting very close to arresting the people behind the break-ins, but said if anyone has any new information, to please contact them or Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

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