Police say three men suspected of stealing items from the Benner Pike Wal-Mart may subsequently have targeted two more stores in the region.
One of the latest apparent theft attempts failed at the Huntingdon Wal-Mart, according to Huntingdon state police.
Three men entered that store at about 5 a.m. Friday and tried to open two locked cabinets in the electronics section, police said. An assistant manager chased the trio out of the store. The men, as has become the routine in previous incidents, had a shopping cart and tote to load and transport goods.
Their apparent attempts to steal iPads and iPhones from the first cabinet were foiled when they pulled it away from the wall but couldn’t open it.
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The men tried to open a second cabinet filled with cell phones in the electronics section’s register. One man went behind the counter and started to open the cabinet with a screw driver, which he got inside the store, when the employee intervened, police said.
The three men fled to a silver or white SUV waiting outside the store, and an unknown driver drove out of the parking lot and drove east on Route 322. The assistant manager then notified the Lewistown store, where the same men later entered.
The men left when they noticed they were being followed within the store, according to police.
On Wednesday at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart, two of the men, according to State College police, entered the store at about 4:20 a.m. and placed a tote bin in a shopping cart. A third man entered minutes later and took a second shopping cart.
The three men met in the beauty/cosmetics section and began loading the tote bin with high-end beauty products, police said. They then pushed the cart into the gardening area and exited through an alarmed door.
They were met by a white SUV, police said, believed to be a newer Chevy Equinox. The men loaded the bin into the rear of the vehicle and fled the area.
Anyone with information on the attempted thefts is asked to contact state police at 627-3161. Also, anyone with information on the theft at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart is asked to contact State College Police at 234-7150.