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Thieves Target Local Fire Departments

Police said burglars hit two local fire departments and a borough municipal building over the weekend.

SOUTH FORK, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Police said burglars hit two local fire departments and a borough municipal building over the weekend.

“It’s a phone call you don’t want to get,” said John Moss, South Fork Fire Chief.  “It is very frustrating to think people would stoop this low.”

South Fork Volunteer Fire Department had its doors smashed in, radios and a TV stolen along with several other items.  It is those same thieves police believe tried to break into the Summerhill Borough Fire Department just down the road but couldn’t.

‘They caused damage to the doors,” said Eric Miller, Summerhill Borough Mayor.  “It looks as if they couldn’t get into the fire department so they went next door to the municipal building.”

Tools were stolen and doors were damaged at both buildings costing thousands of dollars in damage.

“It is a shame, we are a volunteer organization that survives on donations from the publics and to see this it’s disappointing,” said Moss.

"Everyone- fire departments, municipalities, we are all affected by this,” said Miller.  “We are all short on money and trying to keep pennies pinched but now we have to spend money to repair stolen property it’s unacceptable."

Anyone with information on either burglary is asked to call police at 1-800-281-1680.

Cambria County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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