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ANSTED (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Ansted Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in connection with the investigation of a break-in that occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Sergeant A.E. Roberts of the Ansted Police Department released the following information concerning this ongoing investigation: 

Sometime between 3:00 am and 6:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 a white male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a large light-colored or possibly desert camouflage backpack and dark-colored pants broke into the Midland Trail Service Center located on U.S. Route 60 in Ansted.  The suspect broke out a window located on the side of the building to gain entrance into the building.  The only items stolen during this break-in were several beef jerky snack sticks and several bottles of Gatorade.  The suspect also destroyed one of the surveillance cameras inside of this business. 

"Based on the images of the suspect in the surveillance video and the size of the window through which the suspect made entry, we believe the suspect to be a very slightly-built male," said Sergeant Roberts.  "We also believe that this individual is probably from the local area." 

This is the second break-in in this area in the past several days.  A few days previously the Tudor's/Gino's Restaurant s broken into by someone forcing open a window in the drive-thru.  The suspect in that break-in was wearing a Santa Claus suit.  An undisclosed amount of money was stolen during that incident.  Investigators believe that it is likely that the same suspect was involved in both incidents. 

We are releasing footage from the surveillance video and also still photographs taken from this surveillance video from the Midland Trail Service Center in hopes that the public can assist us in identifying the suspect in connection with this incident.  Anyone having any information concerning this incident is asked to contact the non-emergency number for the Fayette County 911 Center, (304) 574-3590 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867.  Any assistance in solving this crime would be greatly appreciated. 

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