Shaler home-invasion robbery, bear sighting prompted elementary school lockdown
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An elementary school in Shaler was briefly on lockdown Monday morning after a nearby home invasion and a separate report of a bear.
Police received the robbery call around 9:30 a.m. and advised administrators at Marzolf Primary School to keep exterior doors locked after two men ran out of a home on Marzolf Road.
"It was back to normal before 9:45 a.m.," said Principal Marty Martynuska, who noted the doors are already locked. "The students don't even know what happened."
Shaler police Chief Bryan B. Kelly said the person robbed in the home invasion knew the two men, one of whom he said carried a semi-automatic pistol, who hit him in the face then stole about $800. Police are investigating.
The school sent a note home with parents, which will also be available on the district website, Mr. Martynuska said.
The students were also kept in from recess because a woman called police to report a bear near Wible Run Road. Shaler police called the Game Commission.
"It was a pretty eventful Monday morning," the principal said.
First Published December 3, 2012 3:39 pm