Two arrests made in recent string of area burglaries - updated

Authored by Jim Langham on Nov 7, 2011

Adams County Prosecutor Christopher Harvey has charged Taylor Sprunger with burglary, a class C felony, in connection with the recent burglary at Amishville, USA, located on 900 South, near Geneva.
In addition, another individual, referred to by Harvey as, "a person of interest," has not yet been charged, but is under investigation in relation to recent burglaries in Berne.
An "Affidavit for Probable Cause," released by Harvey on Friday, notes that on Oct. 18, of this year, at 5:45 a.m., Gregg Drake called the Adams County Sheriff Department and reported that his business, State Farm Insurance, located in Berne, was forcibly broken into and someone had illegally taken $680 in cash from the business.
At approximately 7:39 a.m., the same morning, Rodney Liechty called the sheriff department to report that Bixler Insurance had also been forcibly broken into sometime the previous night, following closure of the business the previous day.
"During the investigation it was discovered several doors had been damaged and a metal safe was extensively damaged by someone who had presumably used a metal object attempting to force said safe door open," states the affidavit.
"Several items of food also had been consumed, in whole or in part, presumably by the intruders as Bixler Insurance employees indicated they had not done so."
While the investigation was going on at Bixler Insurance, Ladonna Habegger came to the business and informed Berne Police Chief Tim Taylor that there had also been a forcible entry at her Sport Form business the previous night, also after business closure.
Information in the affidavit also states that the person of interest had used a rock/brick to break windows and admitted to using tools during burglary.
"Habegger reported that an entrance door had been pried open and a cash register was missing from the business," states the affidavit. "Habegger also reported that the cord to said cash register was cut and that approximately $25 in cash had been taken from a wooden cash door."
The affidavit released by Harvey states that the person of interest eventually admitted to breaking into the restaurant at Amishville and participating in the break-ins at the State Farm Insurance, the Sport Form and the Bixler Insurance Agency.
"The person of interest told us that Sprunger and another person he did not identify participated in the burglaries at Bixler Insurance, State Farm and Sport Form," states the affidavit.
The affidavit further states that on Oct. 22 at about noon, Sprunger voluntarily came to the Berne Police Department and confessed to participating in breaking into the building at Amishville intending to steal property there, but denied any involvement with the burglaries at State Farm, Bixler Insurance or Sport Form.

Information released from the office of Adams County Prosecutor Christopher Harvey this morning indicates that a second suspect, Austin Scheiner, has been charged in connection with burglaries in the local area on Oct. 16 and 17. Scheiner has been charged with four counts of burglary, a Class C felony, in connection with burglaries at State Farm Insurance, Bixler Insurance, Sport Form and Amishville.
Last Friday, Taylor Sprunger was charged with burglary, a Class C felony, in connection with the burglary at Amishville between Oct. 16 and 18.


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