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McKees Rocks Community Fearful After Second Robbery Of Corner Store

Officials are looking for two men who jumped the counter at a local corner store and held the clerk at gunpoint.

Source: href=”https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/11/29/mckees-rocks-corner-store-robbery/”>McKees Rocks Community Fearful After Second Robbery Of Corner Store

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Dresden museum heist thieves steal $1.1 billion in ‘priceless’ jewels | Fox News

Police in Germany were investigating Monday after professional thieves staged a daring early morning $1.1 billion heist at one of the world’s oldest museums.

Source: Dresden museum heist thieves steal $1.1 billion in ‘priceless’ jewels | Fox News

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DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH ROBBERY: Woman followed by man, pistol-whipped during robbery in downtown Pittsburgh | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A woman was pistol-whipped during a robbery Sunday afternoon in downtown Pittsburgh, police said.

The robbery was reported about 1:45 p.m. at a business in the 400 block of the Boulevard of the Allies.

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Source: DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH ROBBERY: Woman followed by man, pistol-whipped during robbery in downtown Pittsburgh | WPXI

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Cameras capture burglar stealing $2,000 in quarters; victim and police believe suspect may be wanted for installing fake water heater

Summer Mancini said her boyfriend, Steve Shinkle, was visiting her in Florida when he got an alert that the cameras inside his apartment were activated.

Mancini said they believe the man captured on the video is a man Shinkle hired recently to do electrical work, Michael Lucosh Jr. Police also said they also have information indicating the same.

Lucosh Jr. and his father were recently charged with installing a fake water heater inside a customer’s home, then stealing checks and a credit card. Lucosh’s father was taken to jail, but police could not find Lucosh Jr.

They believe the man captured on video may provide proof that he is still in the area, committing crimes.

There are several warrants for the arrest of Michael Lucosh Jr.

Source: Cameras capture burglar stealing $2,000 in quarters; victim and police believe suspect may be wanted for installing fake water heater

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McKeesport Police Looking To Identify Alleged Armed Robbery Suspect – CBS Pittsburgh

McKeesport Police are asking the public for help identifying a man wanted for armed robbery.

Source: McKeesport Police Looking To Identify Alleged Armed Robbery Suspect – CBS Pittsburgh

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BRADDOCK MAN ROBBED: Man followed home from bank, robbed of $2,000 after offering help | WPXI

Police are looking for a man who allegedly followed another man from a bank before robbing him of $2,000 inside his home.

Source: BRADDOCK MAN ROBBED: Man followed home from bank, robbed of $2,000 after offering help | WPXI

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91-year-old widower attacked, robbed while visiting wife’s grave in California

The 91-year-old man was hit with a rock and then robbed during a visit to the cemetery where his wife is buried.

Source: 91-year-old widower attacked, robbed while visiting wife’s grave in California

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Couple faces charges after $120K accidentally deposited in account

A Pennsylvania couple is accused of theft after going on a shopping spree with $120,000 that was mistakenly deposited into their bank account.

Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany Williams, appeared in court Tuesday after they spent two and a half weeks blowing through most of their accidental windfall on expenses such as cars, bills and a camper, news station WNEP reported.

Both Robert, 36, and his 35-year-old wife were arraigned on charges for theft and receiving stolen property.

Source: Couple faces charges after $120K accidentally deposited in account

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School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

A criminal complaint said Jennifer Murawski, 38, of Monroeville, took $3,600 from book fairs at Evergreen Elementary School and Moss Side Middle School in the Gateway School District.

The complaint said she took another $7,300 directly from the Mosside Family-Teacher Organization bank account.

Source: School family-teacher organization president charged with taking thousands in funds meant for students

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Police: Westmoreland jail inmate made shank from toothbrush | TribLIVE.com

Douglas Allen Bartrug, 33, of Bloomfield, was charged last week with inmate possessing a weapon and prohibited offensive weapons.

Bartrug, previously of Hempfield, has been held at the jail since Feb. 15 on $100,000 bail on theft and related charges. He was arrested after residents in the Fort Allen neighborhood reported a suspicious man riding a bicycle at 3:50 a.m., according to police.

Source: Police: Westmoreland jail inmate made shank from toothbrush | TribLIVE.com

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Scottdale Police Asking For Help Identifying Suspect In Dollar General Break-In – CBS Pittsburgh

SCOTTDALE, Pa. (KDKA) — Authorities are asking for help after a Dollar General was broken into.

The Scottdale Police Department announced Wednesday that it needs help identifying the suspect who entered the store in Westmoreland County on Aug. 7.

Police said the suspect wore something over his face to blue his identity.

Source: Scottdale Police Asking For Help Identifying Suspect In Dollar General Break-In – CBS Pittsburgh

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Nearly $100K missing from Washington County Clerk of Courts office | WPXI

Nearly $100,000 is missing from the Washington County Clerk of Courts office.

An audit showed the office took in more than $4.2 million in 2018 and showed that $96,000 of that was accepted but never deposited in the bank.


Source: Nearly $100K missing from Washington County Clerk of Courts office | WPXI

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Worker accused of stealing money from wallets at tanning salon in Westmoreland County

According to a news release issued by state police on Monday morning, a 21 year-old woman who worked at Tropical Sunsations on Hollywood Boulevard entered occupied rooms being used by customers and removed money from their wallets while they were tanning.

At least three incidents happened between June 28 and July 12.

State police said the suspect was working at the store at the time of the incidents but is no longer employed there.

If anyone has information about the case or may be a victim, they are asked to call 724-697-5780.

Source: Worker accused of stealing money from wallets at tanning salon in Westmoreland County

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ROCHESTER STOLEN POLICE CRUISER: Woman taken into custody after stealing police cruiser while handcuffed, police say | WPXI

A woman has been taken into custody for a second time after police said she stole one of their cruisers when she was handcuffed in the back of the car.

Source: ROCHESTER STOLEN POLICE CRUISER: Woman taken into custody after stealing police cruiser while handcuffed, police say | WPXI

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PITTSBURGH BANK ROBBERY: 1 arrested after bank robbery in downtown Pittsburgh | WPXI

The PNC Bank on Fifth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh was robbed Tuesday.

Source: PITTSBURGH BANK ROBBERY: 1 arrested after bank robbery in downtown Pittsburgh | WPXI

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Windows smashed, items stolen from vehicles at mall in Butler County

State police are investigating an incident in which windows were smashed and items were stolen from two vehicles outside of the Clearview Mall in Center Township, Butler County on Saturday.

Investigators said a wallet was stolen from one vehicle and money was stolen from the other.

Both vehicles were parked outside of the mall at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Butler at 724-284-8100.

Source: Windows smashed, items stolen from vehicles at mall in Butler County

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Greensburg man claims he was ‘just joking’ when he pulled gun on store clerk | TribLIVE.com

A Greensburg man who claimed to be joking when he pulled a gun on a store clerk Friday is behind bars on a robbery charge.

Police identified a male suspect who tried to rob the Dollar General store on South Main Street as Brandon Joseph Giron, 19, by watching surveillance video, according to an affidavit.

Source: Greensburg man claims he was ‘just joking’ when he pulled gun on store clerk | TribLIVE.com

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Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned – Sputnik International

A Geneva Bible dating to 1615 that was stolen from a Pennsylvania library has been found in the Netherlands and returned to the US, authorities announced at a Thursday news conference.

The Bible, which has survived more than four centuries, was one of more than 300 items allegedly stolen from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as part of a 20-year scheme by a former archivist Gregory Priore, 62, and rare books dealer John Schulman, 54, local outlet KDKA reports, both of whom had long worked closely with the library. They have been charged with theft, conspiracy and forgery, among other counts.

Investigators traced the tome to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, which had paid about $1,200 for it. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala explained that the director of the Leiden museum realized the Bible it had purchased belonged to the Carnegie Library and reached out to the institution. He’s “an honest man,” Zappala said, according to KDKA.

Source: Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned (PHOTOS) – Sputnik International

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(NBC News) – Homeowner Catches Burglar Camping Out, Selling Belongings Online

by Tim Stelloh

Ed Saurs pulled into the driveway of his two-story home on a quiet suburban street in Puyallup, Washington, just after 12 p.m. last Tuesday. Saurs, 58, was there for a business meeting — he was putting the longtime family home up for sale — but he immediately noticed something odd.

The Chevy truck in his driveway didn’t belong to his real estate agent, and through the open front door of his house he could see a young man who he didn’t know standing in the front hallway. So Saurs, a retired Air Force loadmaster, approached him.

“I asked: What are you doing in my house?” Saurs told NBC News. “He said, ‘I’m here to buy the microwave.’ I said, ‘My microwave is not for sale.'”

Saurs discovered that in the couple of weeks that he’d been in Olympia, where he and his wife live full time, someone had broken into his home, slept on a mattress on the floor and undertaken an astonishingly brazen heist, a burglary so casual it could have been an online date: The Saurs’ family belongings — an iPod, a lawnmower, a table saw, the microwave — were currently for sale on Craigslist and another classifieds site, offerup.com.

IMAGE: Craigslist ad As Saurs talked to the confused would-be customer, he saw someone in the kitchen — a white man with a beard and a baseball cap who appeared to be in his mid-20s. “He peered around and saw me coming,” Saurs recalled. “I ran out the side and chased him.”

When the apparent thief hopped over a four-foot wooden fence, Saurs thought better of giving chase. He went back inside to survey the damage, dial 911 and get debriefed by the customer, who showed him the online advertisements and told him what he could about the man trying to hawk Saurs’ microwave.

Gone was the refrigerator Saurs installed a couple of years before, during a kitchen remodel. Gone was the washer and dryer and the convection oven and the tool chest and his 84-year-old father’s set of golf clubs. In total, Saurs estimated that several thousand dollars’ worth of items were stolen. But that was hardly the point.

“We’ve got 25 years of memories here,” he said. “Christmases. My daughter was married in the backyard. … To cap it off with a violation like this? It doesn’t sit real well.”

A neighbor caught the man’s escape on a surveillance camera, and Pierce County sheriff’s detectives collected fingerprints from a water bottle left next to the mattress where the burglar was sleeping, as well as drug paraphernalia that he left behind, Saurs said.

So far, he’s heard nothing.

 

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(benchmark reporter) – Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

Source: Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

Florida cops have captured two robbers who were on their attempt to flee after seizing an ATM from the local bank with the help of a stolen backhoe. The robbers were identified as Francisco Hernandez, 53 and Jesus Antonio Sanchez, 50 both residents of Clewiston. They are currently being held at the Polk County Jail on grand theft auto charges as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Hernandez and Sanchez are believed to have stolen the backhoe from a local construction site, before heading to Winter Haven and capturing an ATM from the wall of the CentreState Bank. The entire incident has been recorded by a surveillance camera near the ATM. The footage has confirmed the robbery being taken place on Friday midnight.

The suspects however claim that they were innocent as they had been collecting scrap metal and were unable to recall where items pulled by the investigating deputy had been located. Hernandez was previously known to officials due to an outstanding Hendry Country arrest warrant for violating his probation. Sanchez was also on probation for a previous grand theft offence.

According to a bank representative, the suspects did manage to take the ATM from the wall but they were in no attempt to open it.

Backhoes are generally used to excavate or dig and is usually mounted on tractors and front loaders. The suspects have been referred to as “brazen” for their shameless assault on the ATM. The motivation of the two men remains unclear and the two men remain in holding at Polk County Jail.

Recent reports suggest that ATM theft is on the rise as criminals turn to stealing ATM’s rather than swiping credit cards. In 2010 in Texas, 100 ATM machines were stolen. Bank robberies appear to be down.

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