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Three Arrested for Possible Connection to Hundreds of Home Burglaries

Brian Keith

Three men are behind bars after leading police on one of the largest burglary rings in memorable history in Central Pennsylvania.

Ed Marsico, Dauphin County District Attorney said, "This was not a group of amateurs, a group of kids breaking in and stealing cases of beer from garages. This was a huge burglary ring, as big a ring as I can remember here in central Pennsylvania in the 20 years I've been doing this type of work.”

Last week, Lower Paxton Township Police used night surveillance cameras during a night patrol and caught both 23-year-old Dean Thomas Barnes of Somerset, PA and 21-year-old Cody Allen Weidner of Topton, PA in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Lower Paxton Township.

On Friday, police said they arrested a third suspect, 46-year-old Brian Keith Crammer at his Hamburg, PA home.

“We had to get a truck to get the seized items,” said Marsico.  He added, “If we didn't have police who hustled them - we wouldn't be where we are today.”

Lower Paxton Township believe the three suspects are involved in hundreds of home burglaries in Dauphin, York and Cumberland counties and worked with agencies across the region to target the three men.

Lt. Gary Seefeldt of the Lower Paxton Township Police said, “We are not even aware yet of how many burglaries these guys did.”

Ellen Destfani and her husband Dennis are both Forest Hills residents. 

“People who thought there safe sleepy neighborhood was not so safe,” said the couple.

 Police report at least 35 burglaries were reported in the Forest Hills neighborhood between 2009-2011.

“Three – sixteen – thirty, it was amazing,” said the Destfani’s referring to the number of home invasions.

The couple added, “It came to a point we didn’t want to leave our home.”

Barnes and Weidner's bail has been set at 500 thousand dollars each.  Crammer’s bail has been set at nine million dollars.

Meanwhile, police say the investigation is ongoing. 

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