Chester County man admits burglary of pizza shop
NORRISTOWN >> A Chester County man was sentenced to seven years of court supervision after admitting to the burglary of an Ardmore pizza shop where he was once employed.
Shawn Metzger, 25, of the first block of White Drive in Honey Brook, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a felony charge of burglary, according to court documents. He was sentenced to seven years of probation and ordered to pay back the value of items stolen or damaged during the burglary.
Metzger was suspected by the owner of Snap Custom Pizza, on Station Avenue, who discovered the burglary at about 9:30 a.m. March 3. The owner told police that the store did not have a burglar alarm, but did have security cameras that captured the break-in, according to the criminal complaint.
The man seen in the footage showed an understanding of the layout of the shop and how to use the store’s iPad to open the cash register, the complaint said. The footage showed him open the register and take cash, then remove the iPad and take that as well.
The owner of the shop told police that he believed Metzger had been stealing from another location of the pizza franchise and was terminated about a month before the burglary. He added that Metzger matched the attributes that could be seen in the footage including height, weight and facial hair.
When police questioned Metzger, he denied involvement in the burglary and told investigators that his ankle had been broken for several days before the breakin. According to the complaint, police issued a search warrant at Metzger’s home and found records that the ankle was injured a few hours after the burglary.
During the search, police also found clothes that appeared to be the same ones worn by the burglar caught on security cameras, the complaint said.
Over the course of the burglary, Metzger stole more than $1,000 in cash and tools and caused extensive damage by forcing open a pane of glass on a door and by pouring bleach over the register and other areas of the store. Court documents state that he was ordered to pay the shop owners $3,657 in restitution.