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Police seek pair who broke into Manor home

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

Police are searching for two men who broke into a Manor home and fled after being surprised by the granddaughter of its late owner on Monday afternoon.

“She walked upstairs and there were two gentlemen rooting through the drawers,” Cody Atherton said about his mother, Carla. “It's a terrible thing. People are easy prey like that when they're in mourning.”

Carla's grandfather, John F. Dunmire, was the owner of the home at 81 Butler St. until his death on Saturday at age 87.

Police believe the suspects — who were described as in their late teens or early 20s — were from the area.

“They might have been watching the house or reading the obituaries,” said state police Cpl. Christopher Robbins. “They had to know the neighborhood. They had to know the house.”

Troopers enlisted the help of K-9 units and helicopters in an unsuccessful search to find the burglars on Monday.

The men had baseball caps on when seen by Atherton. One was wearing shorts and the other wore jeans. The witness identified one of the men as being white but was unsure of the race of the other, Robbins said.

The family is trying to determine if anything was stolen during the breakin. State police searched the home for fingerprints and other evidence during the ongoing investigation, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime can call the state police in Kittanning at 724-543-2011.

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, x 1315 or jmartin@tribweb.com.

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