Two gas stations were robbed in Washington Township at the end of January and several attempted burglaries occured in the Bally area in early February.The first in a string of robberies occurred at the Barto Shell, Route 100, in Washington Township.

State Police Reading report a white male, approximately five foot ten inches to six feet tall, between 200-220 pounds, smashed out the locked rear glass window at 10:39 p.m., Jan. 29.

The man allegedly stole approximately 31 cartons of cigarettes rom a cabinet at the cash register area and fled the store through the same door he entered.

The estimated value for the stolen cigarettes is approximately $1,240, and the estimated value for the smashed glass door is $700.

The store was closed at the time of the incident.

The area experienced another robbery between Jan 30. and 31 at One Stop Auto Repair Inc. on Route 100, Washington Township.

State Police report someone arrived at the shop overnight and smashed a glass on the front door.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police Reading at 610-378-4011.

Several residence break-ins were attempted during early February in the Bally area.

Bally Police Chief Kenneth Norton said there were two forced entries at separate residences, one successful and one not.

"On Feb. 1, a private residence on Cherry Street was entered," he said. "When the homeowners came home, the unidentified ran out the front door."

Norton said unactivated credit cards, belonging to the homeowners were found scattered on Niantic Road.

Norton said a similar attempt occured on North Church Street, however it was unsuccessful.

On Feb. 2, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Reading State Police report an attempted forced entry into a Bally residence.

The house, on Church Street, is home to Edward George Agnoli, 62, according to police.

At the address, unknown individuals attempted an entry through all first floor windows, by raising the screens, but were unsuccessful as the windows were locked, according to police.

They then tried to enter through the rear door, by using a prying device.

The device, which police could not identify, was placed in multiple locations between the wooden door jam and the door.

Using the prying device was also unsuccessful and the individuals fled the scene, according to police.

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