Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released |

Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released

A suspect carries the cash register out of the Greendale Tavern and Bowling Lanes in Valley Township, Armstrong County. The business burned down Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, a few hours after the photo was taken.

Police believe it may have been a woman who burglarized an Armstrong County business just hours before it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.

State police Trooper Terry J. Geibel said that’s based on surveillance images released Friday that show a heavily disguised person taking a cash register from the former Greendale Tavern and Bowling Lanes along Route 85 in Valley Township before the building caught fire.

“It appears to be a very thin person with the build of a female, wearing a dark bandana to cover the face along with large sun glasses,” Geibel said.

The person was wearing light or gray colored sweatpants, a hooded sweatshirt and black sneakers.

Geibel said the person seemed to know there was a camera inside the dining room. The person seemed to know a little bit about the register, and where to cut wires on it.

“We are still waiting on the video analysis from before the fire,” Geibel said.

Officials said the theft happened between 11 p.m. and midnight Monday. The suspect entered through the main dining door while owner Clyde Brown and a bartender were busy cleaning up for the night. The person used a wire cutter to slice the main wire and took the cash register, which contained $643, out the same door.

The building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 3:30 a.m.

No information is yet available on the cause of the fire, Geibel said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 724-543-2011.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or [email protected].

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