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October 5, 2012

Lena's suspect faces more charges

Police tie woman to Georgetown pizza shop break-ins

GEORGETOWN — A Bradford woman arrested Wednesday by Salisbury police for allegedly breaking into a popular local seafood restaurant has now been charged with burglarizing Sal’s Pizza on West Main Street on two different occasions.

Britnee McBrierty, 23, of 406 South Main St., Bradford, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering into a building to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property and larceny from a building connected to alleged break-ins at Sal’s, according to Georgetown police.

On Wednesday, Salisbury police charged McBrietry with nighttime breaking and entering of a building to commit a felony and malicious destruction of property after police say she admitted to breaking into Lena’s Seafood on Rabbit Road the previous night.

According to Georgetown police, McBrierty smashed a window at Sal’s Pizza on Thursday, Sept. 27, setting off an alarm. Police who responded to the scene reported nothing had been taken.

Then on Oct. 2, at around 1 a.m., police on a routine patrol at Sal’s discovered that a temporary window placed over the broken one had been removed. Upon inspection of the eatery, police discovered the cash register had been stolen. Detective supervisor Tom DeJoy yesterday said a small amount of cash from the register had been taken, but declined to give an exact amount.

Later in the day on Oct. 2, Salisbury police allege McBrierty broke into Lena’s Seafood by smashing a window. A video camera captured McBrierty rummaging through the restaurant looking for valuables.

A still from the video footage was sent to The Daily News, prompting someone who knew the suspect to tip off authorities, according to Salisbury police. An inventory of Lena’s found nothing had been stolen, and the restaurant was open for business yesterday.

Georgetown was able to tie McBrierty to the Sal’s Pizza burglaries after sending out an email about the incidents to about 500 police departments. A Salisbury detective noticed a potential match and the two departments began comparing notes. Leading Georgetown police’s investigation was detective Jim Rodden, DeJoy said.

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