Suspect charged in burglary of Humane Society
Calhoun allegedly also damaged other nearby businesses
A Bedford County man is facing charges in Logan Township after police say he did thousands of dollars in damages to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society and another business.
Matthew Calhoun, 44, of Breezewood was taken into custody early Wednesday after an overnight crime spree where he allegedly entered a home and then burglarized the Humane Society and an adjacent golf driving range in Greenwood, according to police.
The Humane Society sustained extensive damage.
“The shelter did suffer a significant loss inside and also outside, especially with the two vehicles,” Central Pennsylvania Humane
Society Board member Dan Kiss said.
The building wasn’t entered and the animals at the shelter were not harmed, but the boiler room for the cattery suffered heavy water damage because it appears an attempt was made to steal the copper pipes.
The exhaust fan to the crematory was damaged and screens in various parts of the shelter were torn or sliced in the attempt to break in, according to the Humane Society.
The nonprofit’s van and the Humane Society’s police vehicle were also heavily damaged. The police vehicle’s air conditioning system that is needed to transport animals in hot weather was damaged, lights were stolen and other hoses and wiring were cut by a hand saw. Hoses and wiring were cut and ripped out of the van, and damage created a large puddle of oil that left the van needing to be towed away for repairs.
Kiss said that the Humane Society is filing a claim, and while some of the costs will be covered, the vandalism is a “double-whammy” for the nonprofit that has had to cancel two key fundraising events this summer.
Kiss said the Humane Society is thankful for the job Logan Township police did to respond and deal with the incident.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, staff and volunteers worked to clean up the mess so the organization can get back to its goal of making sure every pet in Blair County is well cared for, Kiss said.
“We can’t thank everyone who has pitched in enough,” Kiss said.
A fund has been established to pay for the repairs to the building and vehicles. More information on giving can be found on the Humane Society’s website and Facebook page.
Calhoun is charged with two counts of felony burglary along with felony criminal trespassing and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and theft.
Calhoun’s arraignment was still pending as of Wednesday night.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.