State police arrested two Baltimore men and are searching for a third who they say are responsible for a spate of burglaries in southern York County.
Troopers arrested Michael Thomas Wright, 42, and Chad Thomas Warehime, 25, early Saturday morning as they were in the midst of allegedly burglarizing a Shrewsbury Township storage facility.
Wright is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, possessing instruments of a crime and mischief. Warehime is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, possessing instruments of a crime, according to charging documents.
Wright is free on $50,000 bail. Warehime remains in York County Prison on $50,000 bail.
Sought: Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Lawrence Edwin Jr.
"I don't think he'll be free for all that long," Colarusso said.
State police and Southern Regional Police have been investigating a series of burglaries of commercial properties and storage facilities along the Interstate 83 corridor since the beginning of December.
All the businesses are located within 10 miles of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the crimes happened during the overnight hours.
Police allege the three men used a tool to cut through fences and locks to steal items that were in vehicles and storage units. Items stolen include tools, money, bicycles, coins and collectibles, according to charging documents.
Video: During an investigation of a previous burglary, police obtained video surveillance footage of two vehicles believed to have been used in the burglaries.
Troopers spotted one of the vehicles - a 1996 Ford Econoline van with ladder racks - parked at a car wash near E Z Access Storage in Shrewsbury Township about 12:24 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Troopers found Warehime behind the wheel of the van, documents state.
Troopers and Southern Regional officers were checking the storage facility when they found Wright and another man standing near a fence, documents state.
Wright was arrested, but the other man, later identified as Creese, ran and escaped police, documents state.
More charges: Police also found that a large portion of the fence had been cut away. Near the hole in the fence, officers found a cache of items, which included tools, a laptop and a radio, from storage units, documents state.
Officers also found a cellphone believed to belong to Creese near the fence.
During police questioning, Warehime told police that he drove Wright and Creese to Pennsylvania from Maryland on several occasions to break into storage units and businesses, documents state.
Stolen items were taken back to Maryland where they were sold, documents state.
Colarusso said he expects Wright, Warehime and Creese will be charged with about six other burglaries.
"There will be forthcoming charges on these three," he said.
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