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Hundred Acres Manor burglarized, offering $5K reward for info

Ben Schmitt
| Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, 5:57 p.m.
Patrons line up at the Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House in South Park, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2016.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Patrons line up at the Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House in South Park, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Hundred Acres Manor is offering a $5,000 reward for information on a break-in and theft of computer equipment, security devices and other items.

The South Hills haunted attraction reported on its Facebook page Wednesday that some of the equipment is “imperative to our operation.”

“We're working closely with local law enforcement and investigation units to apprehend the person(s) have committed these crimes,” the Facebook post said.

“We're OFFERING A $5,000 REWARD for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties. If anyone has any information please direct message us or send an email to media@hundredacresmanor.com. You will remain 100% anonymous.”

Allegheny County police said in a news release late Wednesday night that they are investigating. About $10,000 worth of electronics equipment was reported missing, “including the video surveillance equipment that was in place at the facility,” police said.

Investigators said the break-in most likely occurred between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Hundred Acres Manor describes itself as a nonprofit haunted house that has donated over $1 million to Homeless Children's Education Fund and Animal Friends.

“We are deeply saddened by the actions that have occurred,” the Facebook post said. “As many of you know we are a 501c3 non-profit and some of the items that were taken will need replaced before we can open this season. We appreciate any and all help with this matter.”

The break-in garnered support from ScareHouse, a competing haunted attraction in Etna.

“Our cast and crew has been sharing the Facebook post hoping it reaches someone with information,” said Katie Dudas, director of sales and marketing for ScareHouse. “It's an awful situation, especially so close to opening night. It's such a shame. I feel so bad for them.”

Hundred Acres Manor opens in September and runs through November, according to its website.

Anyone with information for police can call them at 412-473-1251.

“Callers may remain anonymous and may also reach the County Police via its social media accounts,” police said.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Bencschmitt.

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