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Hopewell man charged in break-in

A Hopewell man with a lengthy criminal past has been charged in connection to a break in at the Cove Creamery in 2018.

According to police, Dwight J. Imler, 26, allegedly confessed to burglarizing the Taylor Township business.

In late July 2018, police were called to investigate a series of burglaries in the Cove area, including Dragon’s Den Pizza, which sits adjacent to Cove Creamery.

During the investigation into the burglaries, police reviewed surveillance video at Dragon’s Den that showed a white male, wearing glasses, enter through a back door before walking into an office and damaging a camera. The video showed the suspect steal a cash register and tip jar before fleeing.

When police located the cash register stolen from Dragon’s Den, they also found the register stolen from Cove Creamery.

The investigation into the Dragon’s Den burglary, which netted about $40, led police to Imler, who then confessed to the burglary.

In 2019, Imler was charged with breaking into Golf World in Newry. On Aug. 7, 2018, a police officer on patrol heard the sound of breaking glass. When the officer approached the business, he saw a man run from the front entrance onto Dunnings Highway.

Police located a car parked along Dunnings Highway and a check of the car’s registration showed Imler as the owner. Police arrested Imler, who eventually pled guilty to burglary and criminal trespass, and was sentenced to probation.

In June, Imler was sentenced in Bedford County Court to up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges of burglary and theft in connection with a crime spree throughout Bedford County in 2019.

Imler is now facing felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger who set bail at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 in front of Blattenberger.

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