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Police: Overheated Suspect Leaves Jacket At Robbery Scene

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EAST WHITELAND, Pa. (CBS) – Police in East Whiteland are trying to turn up the heat on a burglar who fled, leaving his jacket behind, following a burglary on December 28th.

Detective Tricia Logic is hoping the black hooded jacket, and a unique golf-bag shaped lighter left behind, will help police track down the suspect, who attempted to break into one home and then smashed his way into a second, stealing jewelry and electronic items.

Police are hoping neighbors in the area of Ravine Road, near the intersection of Routes 352 and 30, will remember seeing someone wearing the black jacket, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on December 28, 2010.

After leaving the jacket and lighter behind, police say the male suspect, who was wearing sunglasses, could be seen walking or running with the stolen items in his hands.

Police say based on footprints left in the snow, the suspect is small in stature.

As to why the burglar would leave his jacket behind? Police theorize that as he went from room to room looking for items to steal, he got overheated, removing his jacket to cool off.

Detectives hope anyone with information will call East Whiteland Police at 610-647-2100.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3