MAYFIELD, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Scranton man is locked-up tonight after state police say he broke into several veterans organizations in Lackawanna County.
Troopers say Brian Spangenberg burglarized facilities in Mayfield and Covington Township.
In one case, he allegedly broke into the same VFW post three times in one week.
State police say it was the suspect’s vehicle and cell phone records that helped them track him down.
Mayfield American Legion Post 601 is a place where veterans like to come and socialize.
In late November, state police now say Brian Spangenberg broke into the building an stole several cash boxes.
He got away with roughly $3,300 in all.
“Half of our, most of our proceeds, go to the community. We buy stuff for the police, baseball, this and that and it’s kind of sad that all that money was gone,” William Bowan said.
William Bowan runs the bar at the American Legion Post 601 in Mayfield.
He’s happy an arrest has been made.
When asked what he would want to say to the suspect, Bowan replied, “Do I have to say it? I don’t know. Apologies won’t help!”
Besides Mayfield, troopers say Spangenberg also broke into VFW Post 5207 near Daleville three times in one week in November.
He was caught on surveillance video and it is a picture of his car, a yellow Monte Carlo, that helped troopers solve the crime.
Investigators say the surveillance images of the vehicle were shown on television and Spangenberg allegedly tried to paint a front bumper to cover his tracks but it didn’t work.
“I think it’s awful because veterans do nothing but help people so to target them!” Emily Foss said.
Emily Foss opened a tanning salon right across the street from the VFW Post just before the break-in’s started to happen.
She still has a lot of questions.
“Why the VFWs and why in general? Why do you have to do that? It doesn’t make sense to me!” Foss said.
Even though Brian Spangenberg allegedly broke into the VFW Post in Covington Township three times he never really took anything of value.
Commanders say he did more property damage than anything to the doors, roughly $2,500 in repairs were needed.
Spangenberg is currently at the Lackawanna County prison.
His bail was set at $75,000.