The Mechanicsburg Police Department is pleased to announce that the string of 5 recent armed robberies, 3 in Mechanicsburg Borough, 1 in Upper Allen Township and 1 in Lower Allen Township, have been solved. James A. Borwegen, age 30, of the 1400 block of Bradley Drive, Carlisle, PA was arrested this morning, October 16, 2013.
The most recent robbery occurred in Upper Allen Township last evening. A key piece of evidence located from that robbery, combined with other evidence from the earlier robberies led to the arrest. In a collaborative effort, investigators from the Mechanicsburg, Upper Allen Township and Lower Allen Township Police Departments worked through the night on an investigation that resulted in the issuance of a Search Warrant for Borwegen’s home and vehicle. Substantial evidence was recovered and Borwegen was taken into custody. Both Upper Allen Township Police and Mechanicsburg Borough filed multiple charges of robbery, felons not to possess firearms and other charges related to their respective robberies. Lower Allen Township Police will be filing their charges shortly. Borwegen was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mark Martin on Upper Allen Township’s charges and was committed to Cumberland County Prison. He will be arraigned later today on the Mechanicsburg charges.
Chief Spotts stated “we are happy that no one was hurt during these robberies and that the small business owners and workers can breathe a sigh of relief.” He went on to say “that when a serious crime spree like this occurs, the law enforcement community works cooperatively to help solve the problem.” In addition to investigators from Mechanicsburg, Upper Allen Township and Lower Allen Township, assistance was provided by the United States Marshal’s Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Cumberland County Criminal Investigation Division, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Carlisle Police, Camp Hill Police, East Pennsboro Township Police, Hampden Township Police, Shippensburg Police, Shiremanstown Police and Silver Spring Township Police.
While the investigation will continue, we believe these robberies have been solved. The Mechanicsburg Police Department would like to thank all those law enforcement agencies and officers who assisted in the investigation.