Friday, December 2, 2011

SouthSide Masonic Temple Burglarized

Ten pounds of scallops, loose change and perhaps some historical artifacts were stolen in a Tuesday night burglary of the Masonic Temple at 202 Wyandotte St. in South Bethlehem, police said.

The burglar or burglars entered the building by throwing a brick through a kitchen window at the rear of the building, according to a police media report. Once inside, the burglar broke into a locked freezer to steal the scallops, then took the change from a small plastic container.

The burglar then went upstairs to the temple’s second floor, damaged a wood door and unsuccessfully tried to open a safe by smashing the lock with a carbon monoxide canister, police said.

Finally, police said, the burglar or burglars went into another room with glass display cases where historical items are kept and smashed three of the cases. It was uncertain whether anything was stolen from the cases, police said.

The incident took place between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

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