Police: Burglars unable to crack safe inside Ross Twp. thrift store



ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police are investigating after burglars unsuccessfully tried to break into a safe at a Ross Township thrift store overnight.

Investigators said workers showed up at the Community Thrift Store on Babcock Boulevard about 7 a.m. Thursday and called police after they found a window was shattered.

According to police, a thief or thieves tried to break into the store’s safe, which was an older model and unable to be broken.

“I don’t know the high yield they were expecting from a thrift store. This was odd. It’s something I’d expect to see at a high-end department store or a jewelry store,” Ross Township Police Det. Brian Kohlhepp said. “The safe was cut with a chop saw or a diamond tipped circular saw blade. There were multiple attempted cuts through the safe.”

Kohlhepp said the burglars couldn’t carry the safe out of the store because it was too big.

“A lot of times, crime is up during the holidays. This is a season when people are more desperate and will do things they don’t normally do,” Kohlhepp said.

Police have not released any information about potential suspects, and are asking anyone with information to contact them.