Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Former employee charged with breaking into bakery business – Williamsport Sun-Gazette



When employees of Schmidt Bakery at 2020 Mill Lane started showing up for work on the morning of July 25, they discovered that the business had been burglarized and a considerable amount of damage was done, according to Old Lycoming Township police.

“A large quantity of bakery products in the warehouse were knocked over; a fan and fire extinguisher were knocked over on the floor; the refrigerator, coffee maker and the microwave in the break room were tipped over and broken,” and office equipment also had been damage, an officer wrote in an affidavit.

Keys to all of the company’s bread trucks were also stolen from a lock box on the wall in the office, police said. “There was dried blood on the lock box that had not been there before the burglary,” court records state.

Seven months after the break-in and vandalism, police have now charged a terminated employee, Christopher Montana Bradley, 34, of 524 Glenwood Ave., with allegedly committing the crime.

Blood taken from the lock box matched Bradley’s DNA, police said. Since the night of the burglary, Bradley was a suspect, police said, because “employees had indicated two weeks earlier that he called the company in an intoxicated state and told them to pick up the company truck at his home, and that he was quitting. However, Bradley subsequently asked for his job back, but the bakery informed him he was no longer an employee,” court records stated.

Arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, felony criminal mischief, theft and receiving stolen property, Bradley was initially jailed, but has since been released on $50,000 bail.

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