Ch­ester County man ad­mits bur­glary of pizza shop

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kait­lyn Foti kfoti@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @kait­lyn­foti on Twit­ter

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.

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