MCRPD accuses duo in string of area break-ins

BURNHAM – Two local 20-year-old men were arrested Friday, stemming from a burglary of a local country club and were later linked to the damage and theft from several storage units, according to a report released Monday by Mifflin County Regional Police Department.

Police have charged both Thomas Grose II, of Burnham, and Josh Yocum, of Yeagertown with attempted burglary. Grose also faces a charge of criminal mischief and Yocum has also been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

Police said Grose and Yocum were taken into custody with warrants at Grose’s residence at 135 N. Walnut St. in Burnham.

Police said the charges for both men stem from an April 24 incident at Birch Hill Country Club in Burnham. According to the report, Grose turned off the main power line to the building, causing the building to flood when a pipe burst.

Police said as a result of the investigation, Grose, Yocum and several other individuals, whom have yet to be charged, have also been linked to numerous other burglaries in the area. According to the report, the burglaries were from several storage units in Yeagertown and Reedsville, a baseball field storage shed in Yeagertown, a storage facility along U.S. 22 and Molek Brothers.

Police said surveillance footage from those locations aided in the identification of the suspects. Anyone who rents a storage unit in Yeagertown or Reedsville that was broken into that has not yet been reported is asked to call Detective Jessica Aurand at MCRPD 248-1900, extension 633.

Grose and Yocum were each arraigned Friday. Both are incarcerated at Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail each.