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Police probe break-in at construction site

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:28 a.m.

State police in Greensburg are seeking assistance in efforts to locate burglars who stole construction equipment and materials from a food distribution center being built in East Huntingdon Township.

Police said 13 construction storage trailers were forcibly entered. The burglars took numerous hand and power tools from contractors working on the new Reinhart Food Distribution building in the Westmoreland Distribution Park West.

The trailers were entered sometime between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 6:10 a.m. Tuesday. An inventory of the stolen items has not yet been completed, but the value is believed to be more than $10,000.

Victims of the thefts include Modal Inc. of Latrobe; Oliver Construction and Panel Systems Inc., both of Wisconsin; Marsula Electric Inc. of Greensburg; Kircon-Breco of Johnstown; Cool Air Mechanical Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.; and Murry Landscaping of Chalk Hill, Fayette County.

Police said the burglars used a 1989 Chevrolet van owned by Murry Landscaping to haul the stolen materials to a nearby site, where the tools were transferred to another vehicle. From a helicopter, state police spotted the abandoned van a short distance from the Reinhart building site yesterday morning.

Police said there are no suspects.

Reinhart, a distributor of food, paper and supplies to schools and institutions, announced plans in 1999 to relocate eventually from its current facility in Unity Township to the 30-acre East Huntingdon site.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call state police at 724-832-3288.

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