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North Hills restaurant burglaries believed linked

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Police agencies in the North Hills will work together to determine whether a recent rash of restaurant burglaries may be linked, according to authorities.

State police in Butler on Tuesday reported thieves broke into the Log Cabin Inn on Perry Highway in Lancaster about 1 a.m. Friday and stole a safe with $2,000 in cash.

About an hour later, two men broke into Kretzler's Tavern on Babcock Boulevard in Ross and stole a safe containing an undetermined amount of money.

Early Monday morning, thieves broke into Casey's Family Restaurant in Shaler and the China Bistro and Spadafora's Bar and Restaurant in Hampton and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers, said Hampton Detective Robert Kirsopp, adding that police believe the same people committed the Shaler and Hampton burglaries.

“The (police) departments in the North Hills will be contacting the state police to see if there are any connections and whether it might be helpful to create some sort of a task force to work on this,” Kirsopp said.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or

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