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State Police at Harrisburg are searching for an escaped inmate after a home invasion in Dauphin County Monday afternoon.

Police said a victim returned home to the 7200 block of Linglestown Road, West Hanover Township, about 12:40 p.m. Monday when a man wearing all black clothing and a black mask was discovered in the residence.

The man pointed a small gun at the victim and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash and a handgun, according to police.

The victim was not hurt, and nearby schools were locked down for a brief period while troopers canvassed the area.

Police identified the suspect as Vincent J. Crockenberg, 25, of Coal Township, Northumberland County. Crockenberg had been an inmate at the Keystone Correctional facility in Harrisburg but absconded from the facility on Feb. 18.

According to Keystone Correctional Services, its facility houses male offenders who are awaiting release from the state Department of Corrections or other state-contracted correctional facilities.

In the home invasion, Crockenberg faces charges of burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, harassment, person prohibited from carrying firearms, firearms not to be carried without a license, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime and scattering rubbish.

Police ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact them at 717-671-7500.

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