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Beer burglary suspect nabbed

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North­east Phil­adelphia’s sus­pec­ted beer dis­trib­ut­or burg­lar has landed be­hind bars.

A patrol of­ficer cap­tured 44-year-old Daniel Hag­gard on Aug. 17 as the al­leged ban­dit ex­ited a SEPTA bus at the Frank­ford Ter­min­al after a pre-dawn break-in at a CVS store in the Far North­east dur­ing which he al­legedly stole thou­sands of dol­lars worth of ci­gar­ettes.

Hag­gard is sus­pec­ted of com­mit­ting three burg­lar­ies and a bread-truck theft in the North­east, along with at least two burg­lar­ies in nearby Ben­s­alem Town­ship and an­oth­er in Lower Southamp­ton Town­ship, all with­in a span of sev­er­al weeks, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Den­nis Rosen­baum of North­east De­tect­ives.

The sus­pect twice tar­geted beer dis­trib­ut­ors in the North­east, us­ing bricks to smash their win­dows and enter the com­mer­cial prop­er­ties after busi­ness hours, po­lice said earli­er last month.

The latest crime oc­curred Aug. 17 when Hag­gard al­legedly broke in­to a CVS at 9875 Bustleton Ave. and stole a bundle of ci­gar­ette packs. As he fled the store, he toted the smokes in a trash bag and jumped in­to a nearby bread truck that a de­liv­ery driver had left un­at­ten­ded, Rosen­baum said.

Hag­gard soon ditched the truck, however, and boarded a SEPTA bus that he rode to Bustleton Av­en­ue and Roosevelt Boulevard. But as he ex­ited that bus and boarded an­oth­er bound for the SEPTA ter­min­al at Bridge Street and Frank­ford Av­en­ue, a uni­formed po­lice of­ficer saw Hag­gard and be­came sus­pi­cious of the ci­gar­ette-filled trash bag he was car­ry­ing.

The of­ficer fol­lowed the bus to the pub­lic trans­port­a­tion hub, ques­tioned Hag­gard and ar­res­ted him.

Ac­cord­ing to court re­cords, crim­in­al charges are pending against Hag­gard, who is be­ing held in Bucks County Pris­on.

Phil­adelphia de­tect­ives be­lieve that Hag­gard burg­lar­ized Krewstown Bever­age, at 8900 Krewstown Road, on Aug. 2 and stole a large amount of ci­gar­ettes. He al­legedly also broke in­to Pennypack Beer Dis­trib­ut­or, at 8120 Roosevelt Blvd., on Aug. 8 and stole a wad of lot­tery tick­ets and $150 cash.

Hag­gard turned 45 on Aug. 31 and was a North­east Philly res­id­ent years ago, Rosen­baum said, but his cur­rent res­id­ence is un­known. Court re­cords show that he has at least three pri­or burg­lary con­vic­tions in Phil­adelphia and Bucks County, dat­ing back to 1993. ••

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