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White Plains' Burke Rehab Dump Raided, Lock Broken

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Police were called to the Burke Rehabilitation Center Tuesday morning after the ground's manager discovered the lock to the dump was broken and several plastic fence posts were taken.

The grounds director told police he saw three men climb out of a blue pickup truck and begin looking in the scrap container around 4 p.m. on Monday. The men supposedly left when the grounds director attempted to talk to them.

A few minutes later the grounds director reportedly received a call from another employee who said the same car was spotted near the grounds dump. The three men allegedly told the employee that security personnel had given them permission to come down to the dump and then they left at the employee's request.

According to police, Monday morning, Burke employees noticed the lock was broken off the dump, the door had been cut open, and an unknown amount of scrap poles from a plastic fence were taken. Nearby, a cable wire previously attached to the lock was dangling from a tree where pieces of a car's brake light were found. Burke employees told police they suspected the men in the blue pickup truck had returned because they found blue paint on the tree. The grounds director reportedly said he believes the scraps were stolen between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday.

Police reports said that the grounds director called local scrap lots and heard that a blue pickup truck had stopped by the Brookfield Resource Management Inc. in Elmsford. Burke employees supposedly told an officer they were concerned the suspects might return and take machinery and other tools.

The following items were also reported in the police blotter:

- While a Jewelry Hut employee was showing a necklace to a man on Tuesday afternoon, the man allegedly grabbed the jewelry and left the Galleria Mall. Although both Macy's and the Jewelry Hut caught the suspect on surveillance tape, they were not able to burn the video for a few days. Police were not able to find the suspect in their initial search.

- American Apparel employees called the police after they discovered a women's shorts display was swiped Tuesday evening. Store employees told police video surveillance showed a man stuffing 40 pairs of women's shorts, which cost $58 a piece, into his bag and leaving the shop. Police arrived about 20 minutes after the incident and were not able to find the suspect.

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