ALLEGHENY COUNTY — Police say an arrest has been made in connection with four separate armed robberies throughout Allegheny County, including two where someone was shot.
32-year-old Eric Jones of Pittsburgh’s East Hills neighborhood, was identified as the person responsible for all four robberies as a result of collaborative effort.
According to a criminal complaint, Jones’ robbing spree began on March 6 at Fox’s Pizza Den in Oakmont. Police said Jones made off with cash after shooting the owner, 34-year-old Greg Scampone.
PITTSBURGH — Imagine running to the grocery store after work to grab a few items, only for the place to be robbed in broad daylight and during peak hours. That’s what happened at the Giant Eagle on Murray Avenue.
“Yes, I’m afraid,” said Juda Kohenbash.
Kohenbash lives in Squirrel Hill and said yesterday’s robbery has him on edge.
At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, a man wearing a yellow hoodie went into the Giant Eagle on Murray Avenue. He said he had a weapon – but no one saw it.
The man demanded money from the register and then ran off. Police wouldn’t say how much he got. Regardless, it’s unnerving for people who live here.“
Pamela’s closed down, Eat N Park closed down. This neighborhood has become like a ghost town,” said Kohenbash.
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In a statement, Allegheny County police said the man arrived at a hospital with injuries to his face and head, and that he reported being pistol-whipped by a woman who demanded cash.
“Through their investigation, detectives learned that the suspect followed the victim to his residence after the suspect observed the victim redeem winnings at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The suspect made off with approximately $1,500 from the victim’s pocket,” police said in a statement.
Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Jaimeca Johnson, of Forest Hills, and said she was detained in Forest Hills at about 9:30 a.m.
PITTSBURGH — A man was robbed at knifepoint early Monday morning in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood, police said.
The man told officers he believes he was followed from an ATM at Shiloh Street and Virginia Avenue before he was robbed about 12:15 a.m. at Bailey Avenue and Cushman Street.
The man’s wallet and cellphone were taken, police said.
No arrests have been made, but police said it is believed two men are responsible for the robbery.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh Police responded to a bank robbery in Downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday morning.
Officers were called to the First National Bank at 307 Fourth Avenue around 9:15 a.m.
According to police, the suspect said that he had a gun and demanded money.
The suspect tried to get away on a bus.
The suspect left the bank on a bus and police were able to take him into custody in the Midtown area.
Police have not released the name of the suspect but said that charges are pending.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a bank robbery downtown.
The robbery happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Fourth Avenue, emergency officials said. There is a First National Bank at that location.
The suspect reportedly got away.
Investigators have not yet said how much money was taken or if there were any injuries.
Pittsburgh Police were investigating after a man armed with a knife robbed a Rite-Aid store in the city’s Morningside neighborhood.
The robbery happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the store on Morningside Avenue.
A Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesperson said an employee told police that the man showed the knife and demanded cash and then ran off after getting the money. The suspect was described as wearing dark pants and a dark jacket. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been announced.
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. —
Two men were charged following an armed robbery outside of a pizza shop in Aliquippa, Beaver County.
The robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside Villa Di Pizza on the 2500 block of Brodhead Road.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are looking for an alleged robber who they said got off with cash after holding up a Sunoco in Oakland Monday morning.
Police were called about a reported robbery at the Sunoco on Craft Avenue around 6:15 a.m.
A witness told police the suspect walked into the store and demanded cash, saying he had a weapon on him. The witness didn’t see a weapon, police said, but the suspect kept a hand in his pocket.
He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police didn’t give a description of the suspect but said the investigation is ongoing.
By WXII Web Staff
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man trying to rob a Family Dollar in Winston-Salem was stopped by one of the store’s employees.
Police said Avondre McLaurin tried to steal money from the cash register and appeared to be tucking a gun under his clothes.
He was shot in the leg around 5 p.m. Thursday by the store employee and then fled from the store.
McLaurin was later arrested at his home on North Spring Street and police say he resisted arrest. McLaurin was bitten by a K-9 dog when he tried to escape arrest and was eventually arrested, police told WXII News.
PITTSBURGH — A person told police he was attacked when a group of males broke into his home Monday morning in Pittsburgh’s Perry North neighborhood before stealing his car.
The home invasion happened about 6 a.m. on Richey Avenue.
Police said the person who was inside the home told them the group broke in, assaulted him and stole items, including his car keys. The group then got away in the victim’s red Dodge Challenger.
The victim was evaluated by paramedics for minor injuries, police said.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are looking for two masked men who held up a South Oakland convenience store at gunpoint and got away with cash early Friday morning.
“I’m very saddened that this happened to my neighborhood store. This is a tragedy,” said Dee Faulkner, reacting to the news.
Faulkner said she visits the Sunoco, which is at the corner of Boulevard of the Allies and Craft Avenue, at least once a day.
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Police are warning residents in several Westmoreland County communities, including Greensburg, Hempfield and North Huntingdon, about a recent surge in vehicle and home break-ins. On Friday, state police released photographs taken from residential security cameras of people who are suspected of looking for unlocked cars and trucks in the vicinity
(CNN)Fourteen people involved in recent group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores have been arrested, authorities said.Groups working in tandem stole property “using weapons and physical force to overwhelm and intimidate store employees and other patrons” in 11 instances from November 18-28, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore announced in a press conference Thursday.Among these incidents were four robberies, six burglaries and one grand theft, said Moore, who linked them to a series of what he described as smash-and grab thefts in the state and across the country.
A search for a suspect is underway after KeyBank in Greensburg was robbed Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police confirm.
Bay Area retailers were on alert Sunday after about 80 people rushed a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek and stole merchandise, a day after groups of thieves ransacked San Francisco high-end retailers in Union Square. San Francisco police were investigating possible linkage between the brazen heists.
Walnut Creek police warned stores to take precautions againt the prospect of further incursions.
“Our investigators will be looking into the Walnut Creek incident to see if they are related,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Robert Rueca said Sunday afternoon.
The back-to-back thefts occurred 25 miles and two days apart, on Friday in Union Square, and Saturday night in at the department store in Walnut Creek. In both cases, dozens of people ransacked stores, scooping up armfuls of merchandise such as clothing and bags and dashing away.
Thieves reportedly targeted a Neiman Marcus store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and a GameStop on the South Side on Friday night as protesters took the streets to oppose Kyle Rittenhouse’s’ acquittal.
Chicago police wouldn’t confirm if the thefts were related to the protests, according to FOX 32 in Chicago.
At the Neiman Marcus, a group of 15 men reportedly rushed into the department store and left in three vehicles with their stolen merchandise.
Protesters across the country expressed their disapproval of the jury’s decision in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Friday. The 18-year-old Illinois resident shot and killed two protesters and wounded another last year during a protest in Kenosha that followed the police-involved shooting and wounding of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha is about 66 miles north of Chicago, along the western shore of Lake Michigan.
PITTSBURGH — A pizza shop worker was attacked with a ladle before a cash register was stolen early Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood.
The worker was locking up the Vocelli Pizza on Murray Avenue around 2:30 a.m. when two males approached him from behind and forced him back into the business, police said.
One of the males hit the victim over the head with a ladle before taking off with the entire cash register, police said.
No arrests have been made in the robbery.
The worker was not seriously hurt, police said.
Pittsburgh police were searching for two men who robbed a gas station on Pittsburgh’s South Side at gunpoint on Thursday night.
The robbery happened a little before 9 p.m. at the Sunoco on the 1600 block of Arlington Avenue.
Pittsburgh Public Safety said one of the two men was carrying a gun when they demanded money.
They ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was hurt during the robbery.
PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh store was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night.
The robbery occurred at the Family Dollar store in the 1200 block of Chartiers Avenue around 10 p.m., police said.
Employees reported that a man wearing a mask came up to the counter, showed a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before running off toward a wooded area. No one was injured.
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A Youngwood man was charged Thursday after state police said he took $50,000 worth of guns, tools, coins and military collectibles from two abandoned houses, according to court papers.
George Raymond Weightman III, 43, told investigators he broke into the houses in Adamsburg and Hempfield to fund a drug addiction. He was jailed without bail on numerous counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and weapons violations.
He was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison.
State police arrested him Monday on two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with two guns reported stolen from the Adamsburg home.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — A man accused of breaking into homes in two Allegheny County communities has been arrested.
Police had been searching for Elwood Bartrug, 62, who was arraigned and booked into jail early Friday morning.
Police said he would ring home doorbells in Reserve Township and would break in if no one came to the door. However, if someone answered, he’d ask for directions.
At one point during the search for Bartrug, Millvale police tracked him to a home, but he took off running and jumped out of a third-story window to get away.
According to a criminal complaint outlining two of the Millvale break-ins, Bartrug is charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. Those two burglaries happened on Stanton Avenue on Sept. 13.
In one of them, an air conditioning unit was removed from a side window, but nothing was taken from the home, the complaint said. Surveillance video showed Bartrug inside the home, then running to and unlocking the front door to get out when an alarm went off.
In the other break-in, the homeowner returned home to find it had been ransacked. The glass window on the basement door was broken, and a video game console, controllers and video games were missing, the complaint said. The stolen items were later found at an electronics store on Grant Avenue in Millvale, where they had been traded in.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A Pittsburgh man was arrested and charged in Johnstown after police said he tried to rob a woman late Saturday night and then ran over her with a pickup truck.
Police said 25-year-old Denzelle Kendrick was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and robbery among other charges.
According to investigators, officers were called to an address in Johnstown around 10 p.m. Saturday for a report of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a woman who had actually been beaten and run over by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Kendrick was identified as the driver. He was seen on surveillance camera reportedly trying to steal the woman’s purse during the encounter.
Officers said Kendrick took off and was eventually pursued by state police troopers into Somerset County. Court documents said troopers were able to stop him using the “box” method, where law enforcement vehicles surround a suspect vehicle and all slow down. This causes the suspect vehicle to also slow as a result.
Troopers said speeds reached more than 105 mph before they were able to stop Kendrick.
He appeared before a judge Sunday morning.
WEXFORD, Pa — One local police chief told Channel 11 that a recent crime spree in his community could be one for the history books.
Northern Regional Police Chief John Sicilia said the stolen cars are worth nearly $500,000.
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One Bentley, For F250 Platinum Truck, Two Mercedes Benz and Two BMWs were stolen from the Bentley Pittsburgh dealership along route 19 early Thursday morning. Chief Sicilia says the crime started across the street at the enterprise in Warrendale, where the same group stole several license plates from rental cars to use on the Bentleys.
The chief says thieves then broke into the Bentleys by manipulating the key lock box on each car.
“We did enter the license plates and the vehicles into NCIC so any police officer around the country who would run that plate or VIN it would come back stolen.”
It now appears the thieves left the state and the cars are long gone. So far police have been able to locate one Bentley which was found abandoned in Summerville, West Virginia.
“We are working to process that vehicle for any kind of evidence we’ve been working with the PA state police auto theft task force but at this time we don’t have any suspects.”
EBENSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Approximately $8,143 worth of items were stolen from a home along the 500 block of 3rd Avenue in Elder Township, according to state police.
Sometime between Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. to Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m., the following items were stolen by an unknown suspect(s):
- 50″ ED HDTV – $400
- Samsung Galaxy Tablet, 8″ screen – $158
- DVD player – $40
- Weber Spirit stainless steel gas grill – $635
- Space Saver Sofa, cocoa – $1,125
- Desk and desk chair – $133
- 60″ espresso electric fireplace – $423
- Phillips 22″ LED TV – $189
- Nintendo Wii – $160
- Husqvarna 21HP Kohler 46″ Hydro-Static riding mower – $1,700
- Cub Cadet 42″ riding mower – $1,590
- Another Cub Cadet 42″ riding mower – $1,590
Anyone with information should contact state police at Ebensburg.
Two bank robberies are under investigation in the Pittsburgh area on Thursday afternoon.
One happened at the PNC Bank on Washington Road in South Strabane Township, Washington County.
The second robbery happened at the Brentwood Bank in South Fayette.
South Fayette police said one person of interest was taken into custody during a traffic stop near the McKees Rocks area, about 20 miles from the Brentwood Bank.
Police said a second person of interest has been identified but has not yet been arrested.
Police are not releasing their identities at this time.
South Fayette police said no money was taken at the PNC Bank, however, money was taken from the Brentwood Brank.
An FBI spokesperson said no injuries were reported.
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One burglary was caught on camera
MILLVALE, Pa. —
Millvale police said they’re looking for a man who broke into multiple homes in that community.
According to police, surveillance video caught Elwood Bartrug breaking into one person’s home and running off when an alarm went off.Police said there is a reward for anyone who gives police information leading to Bartrug’s arrest.
PITTSBURGH — Residents in Avalon Borough woke up Wednesday morning to find their cars broken into and items missing.
Many of the vehicles parked along Florence Avenue and Cleveland Avenue were locked, and residents want to know how someone was able to gain access to them.
Not only were several locked cars broken into, but some break-ins were captured on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
David Shane is one of the victims
.“When this happened, I was furious trying to figure out how I’m going to bait them and catch them. Of course, (I) contacted law enforcement.
”His brother-in-law’s car was also targeted. “They actually broke into his car as well. Stole a pair of AirPods and some money,” Shane said.
The break-in happened early Tuesday morning, and Shane knew something was wrong right away.
When Shane walked outside, all of his windows were rolled down, his sunroof was open, and the big question is how that happened to begin with. He also knew something was wrong when he saw show boxes from his car scattered through the street; it was no surprise that they were empty.
“The glove box was open. The center console was up. Some things thrown around,” Shane explained.
Shane says his shoes, clothes and even money were stolen.
“It’s probably a lesson I learned, like most people a long time ago, not to leave belongings in your vehicle or things of worth, but I wasn’t anticipating having it being taken,” he said.
It couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Shane is visiting from Florida, but is looking for a job right now because he wants to move to Pittsburgh.
“If you are a business owner, you need anything marketing, someone to grow your brand — I’m your guy.”
In the meantime — Shane is trying to be positive.
“Could’ve been much worse, and at the end of the day, I hope someone gets to enjoy the shoes.”
By John Zebrowski OPINION
Retailers, malls and supermarkets across New Jersey are seeing dramatic surges in shoplifting over the past 18 months. It’s believed to be fallout from the pandemic-related economic downturn that has caused workplace cutbacks and joblessness.
This is a separate type of crime from highly-publicized organized retail theft rings. More people are resorting to shoplifting as a way to make ends meet. That’s no excuse; just a sad reality. It also ties up valuable law enforcement resources. Significant time and taxpayer money is expended to track down, arrest and prosecute shoplifting offenders.
It’s time for New Jersey to take the lead in the United States, and create a progressive statewide diversion program for people charged with disorderly person-level shoplifting offenses. Working with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, retailers and law enforcement, we can develop alternative procedures to get many shoplifters the help they urgently need.Most law-abiding people see shoplifting as a penny-ante crime. Yet shoplifting has subtle, expensive repercussions most people never fully realize, affecting the retail price of goods. Nationwide, shoplifting accounts for $14.7 billion annually in stolen merchandise. That raises consumers’ costs as retailers — big and small — raise prices to recoup losses.Retailers put a great deal of resources into dealing with theft. They install security cameras, affix anti-theft tags to merchandise, and hire guards to protect stores. Signs warn that shoplifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And yet another type of theft in the retail sector receives far less attention, even though it is equally, if not more pervasive in our economy: employers stealing pay they legally owe to their workforce by paying less than minimum wage to employees.Stores in New Jersey – from big-box retailers to corner bodegas — typically hand over shoplifting suspects to local police. Processing and prosecuting these arrests — often booked as disorderly persons offenses — is time-consuming and derail officers from focusing on crime prevention. Penalties in New Jersey for stealing less than $200 worth of food or merchandise are fines that range up to $1,000, possibly six months in jail and short stints of community service. For a person who is barely holding on and steals cans of tuna or pairs of socks in winter, such punishment seems excessive. It can add to their desperation and cause them to shoplift again.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
FAYETTE COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are searching for the person who robbed a First National Bank in Chalk Hill.
It happened Monday morning at the branch on Route 40.
State Police have released a photo from inside the bank.
The robber was apparently wearing a motorcycle helmet and had something in their hand.