BUTLER TWP — A Lyndora man already jailed on charges he broke into an East Butler business over the weekend is accused of trying to break into an automated teller machine.
Township police today charged John A. Walbert, 28, with attempting to force open the ATM in front of NexTier Bank at Lyn Mar Plaza on Hansen Avenue early Monday morning.
Police had stopped Walbert walking behind the Lyndora Bakery soon after the attempted ATM break-in about 12:40 a.m.
He denied being involved and gave officers a description of a bogus suspect, according to a police report.
However, police later identified Walbert as the would-be thief after reviewing surveillance video from the ATM.
He lives just 200 yards from Lyn Mar Plaza.
Troopers on Monday afternoon arrested Walbert on two unrelated cases.
State police said Walbert about 8:10 p.m. Sunday pried open the front door at A&E Heating and Cooling on East Butler Road in East Butler.
Owner Joseph Dunkerley happened to stop by to check on his business and spotted a man inside the building, according to court documents. The intruder fled and walked past the building, where Dunkerley tried to stop him.
The man got away, but he left behind his bicycle. Walbert’s ex-wife later identified the bike as belonging to her son, police said.
The next day state police learned Walbert had allegedly forged a personal check stolen from an Oakland Township home. The check was cashed for $100.