Danville Express

Community Pulse - April 27, 2007

Casing the coffee leads to unrelated arrest

Danville police arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly carrying burglary tools and violating his probation, near Starbucks Coffee on Hartz Avenue and Prospect last week.

Police said a witness saw Danville resident John Hirtzel walking away from Starbucks carrying a pound of stolen coffee at 5 p.m., Friday, April 20, and called them. Officer Mike Ireland responded to the call, heard the suspect's description, and found Hirtzel still near Starbucks, said police Sgt. Troy Craig.

Ireland made contact with him and found he did not have possession of the stolen coffee. However, upon further investigation, he found Hirtzel carried a bag filled with shaved keys, crowbars, window punching tools and lock picks. Shaved keys are ground down so they can fit into locks, Craig said.

Also, police found broken glass inside the bag, which may have accumulated from burglaries. Craig said police are investigating if the man is connected with any burglaries in Danville.

Hirtzel also violated his probation, which was for his involvement in grand theft and burglary, Craig said.

Hirtzel did not steal the coffee although he told police he thought about taking it but decided not to, police said.

"Alert citizens brought suspicious behavior to our attention," said Craig.

-Jordan M. Doronila

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