A Canonsburg man accused of trying to break into a police officer’s home last week is facing additional charges for breaking into a funeral home the same night and stealing bottles of liquor and an American flag stretcher blanket.
David Wayne Maga, 54, of 208 W. College St., was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras breaking into Salandra Funeral Home, at 304 W. Pike St., about 8:40 p.m. March 8.
Canonsburg police said Maga appeared to be intoxicated when he entered the garage portion of the building through a flower delivery door. Police said they found evidence that he may have eaten cookies while in the building, rearranged chairs and possibly opened an unused caskets.
He allegedly stole wheelchairs, about four bottles of liquor that were in storage, cleaning supplies, tools, a battery charger, a flashlight, insurance and registration documents for three business vehicles and “boxes of odds and ends,” according to the criminal complaint.
Police said it appeared Maga loaded up a couple vehicles in the garage with the items and attempted to take the vehicle as well. Police found the keys in the car, but Maga “did not succeed in driving the vehicle out of the business,” the complaint said. The items were found in the vehicle.
"It was wrong--he shouldn't have been in there," said Joseph Salandra, owner of the funeral home. "If he has a substance abuse problem, we think it would be good for him to get some help."
Early the following morning, Maga allegedly tried to break into a Canonsburg police officer’s home while the officer was there. He was seen on the porch just after 6 a.m. When the off-duty officer questioned Maga, he allegedly told the officer that he had lost his wallet and was looking for it.
Later that morning, the officer’s family reviewed surveillance footage that showed Maga trying to break into their home by two different doors. When police searched Maga’s home, they found some of the items he had taken from the funeral home, and the clothes he had been wearing in the video footage.
In the first case, Maga was charged with attempted burglary, loitering and prowling at night, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. In the case involving the funeral home, Maga was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling at night and theft.
Maga was arraigned and is being held on $75,000 bond between both cases.