LIMERICK, PA — Three individuals have been arrested for burglarizing Limerick area businesses during the coronavirus closures, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
Shawn Carter, 18, of Sanatoga, Hollie Culp, 20, and Dylan Potanski, 18 of King of Prussia, face numerous charges for the incidents, which occurred on March 20, officials said.
At around 10:16 p.m. that night, the group broke the front glass door of Bravo Pizza on Kugler Road, officials said. They stole change from the register, as there were no bills, and soda from the refrigerator.
Shortly thereafter, they smashed the front door of Corropolese Bakery with a rock, the DA's Office said. They stole money from two donations jars on the counter before moving on, officials said.
Another nearby business, Pretty Nail Salon, said that someone attempted to smash the front door with a rock, but was unsuccessful.
The group was found walking on West Ridge Pike near Kennedy Ford at around 11:24 p.m., police said. They matched the description given to police from security footage taken by the businesses.
DA Kevin Steele said the burglars believed "it would be easy" to get away with stealing from local establishments amid coronavirus restrictions. All non "life essential" businesses have been ordered to close, and a stay at home order has been issued for all Montgomery County residents, meaning the streets are often empty.
The group has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, burglary, attempted burglary, criminal trespass, and related counts.
They were unable to post $50,000 bail and were taken to Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Preliminary hearings are set for April 6.