Visiting ghost hunters mistaken for burglars

Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:08 am | Updated: 9:24 am, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

Gettysburg police are investigating a complaint concerning a ghost hunt that an officer initially thought was a burglary in progress Thanksgiving night, leading to tourists and a tour guide being held at gunpoint and handcuffed inside a historic building.

At 10:08 p.m., Patrolman Thomas Knaper reported that he was passing Servant's Old Tyme Photos, 237 Steinwehr Ave., when he saw the front door of the business closing and then "a flashlight being used inside" when no other lights were on.

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  • arby posted at 4:55 am on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    arby Posts: 17

    Well, maybe we should just get rid of the police. Especially one like Knaper that are vigilant enough to notice when something's not right.
    Here's the way it is... it's a business in an area that's had way more than it's fair share of businesses burglaraized, and where home burglaries are almost commonplace. It's a business that is supposed to be closed... and someone just went in... then came out, looked around and went back in. I can't see now anyone would not call this situation suspicious.
    I guess this tourist expects us to all just know what he's up to and when he's doing it. Tbh, old people get themselves all worked up any time anything doesn't go their way, and that's what this is. If it were their hotel room being burglarized and Officer Knaper caught the person doing it he'd be their hero, as it is he shoudl be rewarded for his vigilance.
    Maybe in the future Gettysburg Ghost Tours should notify the police when they plan on trapsing around inside a closed business in the middle of downtown in the middle of the night using just flashlights, the shame should be on them for causing this whole mess in the first place.

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