Numerous police officers fanned out in the city's Newberry neighborhood on Thursday afternoon to look for a burglar who managed to elude authorities.
The suspect, described as white, stocky build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, bolted from a home in the 2300 block of Hillside Avenue shortly after 3 p.m., moments after the homeowner arrived at the house and surprised the intruder, police said.
Earlier in the afternoon, a resident of the 400 block of Depot Street arrived home to find their front door kicked in and firearms, along with jewelry, stolen from the house, police sources said.
It was unknown if the two burglaries were related. It was believed that some jewelry and computer equipment were stolen from the Hillside Avenue home, one police source said.
Assisting city police with the search for the suspect were Pennsylvania College of Technology police, Old Lycoming Township police and sheriff deputies.
Old Lycoming Township Police Chief William Solomon confirmed his department was investigating a burglary that occurred Thursday at a home in the area of Pleasant Valley and Rose Valley roads in Hepburn Township.
Like the homeowner on Depot Street, the resident in Hepburn Township found their front door kicked in. No other information was available Thursday night.