Crime

Pair accused of burglarizing Bellefonte antique store

Bellefonte police arrested a pair of Moshannon residents Friday after an investigation into money stolen from an antique store.

Kiona Flory and Sky Tipton, both 18, were arraigned Saturday morning before District Judge Tom Jordan. Flory faces two felony charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass and Tipton is charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass.

The pair are suspected of working together to break into Victorian House Antiques, 107 S. Allegheny St., in Bellefonte last month and taking cash from the store, according to Bellefonte police. Law enforcement became aware of the burglary when an officer on foot patrol noticed the store’s front window was broken about 12:45 a.m. May 27.

Officers searched the building, but did not find anybody inside, police said. The store owner later confirmed that money was stolen.

Flory and Tipton were identified from surveillance video from another business, police said.

Police said they believe the motive for the alleged burglary was retaliation after they were accused of selling stolen items at the store.

Bellefonte police said Tipton is also suspected of stealing merchandise at other Bellefonte businesses, including Hunters Warehouse, Dollar General and Uni-Mart. Some of the missing property was recovered after the investigation, police said.

Flory and Tipton each also face two misdemeanor theft charges. Both are held in Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail. Preliminary hearings on the charges are scheduled for Wednesday.

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