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Police make arrest after series of apartment burglaries
By Maria Miller
LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A number of apartments in Cambria County were burglarized in November without any signs of forced entry. That's because, police said, someone was using keys meant to be used by the building supervisor. On Wednesday, police said the people who live in those apartments can sleep a little easier because they have the suspect locked up and all the evidence they need to prove it was him.
"I didn't steal from anybody," Bumford told 6 News as he was led out of court and ushered into the back of a prison van on Wednesday.
But police said he's the person they've been looking for. He's accused of breaking into several apartments in the Edwards Hill and Norwood Gardens complexes, in Lower Yoder Township, in November.
"We've been following all the leads, we followed the evidence and as a result of conducting numerous interviews and obtaining some cooperating witnesses, this led to the arrest," said Detective George Musulin, of the West Hills Regional Police Department.
Police said the burglaries he's accused of happened without any forced entry. That's because he stole spare keys to several of the apartments from a closet in the main office, they said.
"There was a substantial quantity of keys taken," said Musulin.
Police said Bumford had been a suspect, but it wasn't until he was arrested on a parole violation for heroin use that they found the evidence they needed to charge him.
"There was a key found in his pocket which was actually found to be from a vacant apartment right next to where he was staying with his father," said Musulin.
According to court documents, police searched that apartment
"I think the residents that are residing at both Edwards Hill and Norwood Gardens apartments should be at ease at this point in time, knowing the perpetrator who was breaking into the apartments has been arrested and is currently incarcerated," said Musulin.
Police said they haven't been able to recover all of the stolen keys, but the apartment manager has changed several of the locks at the complexes.
Bumford is in the Cambria County Prison in lieu of a combined $260,000.