HAMPSTEAD - State police in Westminster are searching for a suspect who broke into the Pizza Hut restaurant on Hanover Pike early Wednesday.
Police said the suspect was discovered by an employee of an exterminating company who was working in the building. The suspect fled the scene when the exterminator called police.
The suspect entered the Pizza Hut through an exhaust fan on the roof and then chipped away at an office floor that housed a safe, police said.
State police helicopters and K-9 units searched for the suspect, who remained at large late Friday.
CRIME OF THE WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group assisting area police is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting the disappearance of a fugitive who is wanted by Baltimore City police for a parole violation and by the state police in Westminster for failing to appear for trial.
Steven Carl Lafferman, whose last known address was in the 3100 block Main Street in Manchester, is described by police as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair.
He weighs 140 pounds and he is 27 years old.
State police in Westminster did not have information on the charges against Lafferman.
If you have any information about Lafferman or believe you know where he may be living or working, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
* Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Windsor Drive: Theft of property from a vehicle parked at residence Tuesday. Estimated loss: $850.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
12:27 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a transformer fire on East Ridgeville Boulevard.
1:17 p.m., Winfield responded to an emergency water detail on Mystic Woods Court.
1:25 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a fire alarm on Hickory Lane.
5:29 p.m., Westminster, Gamber, Reese and Reisterstown responded to a report of smoke coming from a Washington Lane apartment.
8:01 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm at Cranberry Mall.
7:35 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm at Cranberry Mall.