Pittsburgh police investigating after employees of Shadyside pizza shop robbed, carjacked after work

Pittsburgh police are investigating after a carjacking and armed robbery in Shadyside early Thursday morning.

All three suspects were reportedly carrying firearms, police said.

The suspects left the scene in the victim’s vehicle, and went in the direction of Centre Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing. No suspect description is available at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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Source: Pittsburgh police investigating after employees of Shadyside pizza shop robbed, carjacked after work

Police: Juvenile robbed taxi driver in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood

A taxi/ride-hail driver was robbed in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, police said.

According to Pittsburgh police, officers were called to the 240 block of Winston Street at around 4:48 p.m. for reports of a strong-arm robbery.

Source: Police: Juvenile robbed taxi driver in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood

East Huntingdon woman accused of $13,500 theft from Greensburg YWCA thrift shop | TribLIVE.com

An East Huntingdon woman is accused by police of taking $13,500 from the YWCA Thrift Shop in Greensburg while she worked there, according to court papers.

Amy S. Yemc-Gera, 53, was in charge of making nightly deposits, police said. She is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

An accountant for the YWCA told police that 43 cash deposits between May and August were missing after organization officials noticed a missing deposit earlier this month. YWCA officials said on each occasion Yemc-Gera was working and in charge of depositing the cash, according to court papers.

Officials told authorities that after the missing deposit was discovered, they contacted Yemc-Gera about the situation and she claimed to have misplaced the money, but found it and took it to the bank. There was never any record of a deposit, police said.

She worked there for two years. It was unclear if she was still an employee.

Source: East Huntingdon woman accused of $13,500 theft from Greensburg YWCA thrift shop | TribLIVE.com

Police investigating bank robbery in Brookline

Police are investigating a bank robbery that happened Friday morning in Brookline.

The man suspected in the robbery presented a note that demanded money and threatened to use a firearm, police said. He also verbally threatened to use a gun, but police said no firearm was seen.

Police said he left with an undisclosed amount of money. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s violent crimes unit is investigating the incident.

Source: Police investigating bank robbery in Brookline

Man arrested for stealing from Wilkinsburg finance department, police say – WPXI

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A former Borough of Wilkinsburg Finance Department employee has been arrested after police said he stole a debit card from the branch.

An investigation began in July after the borough finance director noticed a debit card was missing from the department.

Wilkinsburg police detectives said 26-year-old Terrell Fields was in possession of the missing card.

Police arrested Fields on Center Street in Pitcairn.

Fields appeared in court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and was arraigned on charges of theft by unlawful taking, access device fraud and identity theft.

Officers said Fields had two other warrants from Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

Source: Man arrested for stealing from Wilkinsburg finance department, police say – WPXI

Report: Robbers in California steal $100 million of jewelry from Brink’s Armored Truck

Thieves in Southern California stole millions of dollars worth of gems and jewelry from an armored vehicle last week, officials said.

Brandy Swanson, a director at the International Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, said the stolen rarities were estimated to be more than $100 million.

Dana Callahan, a spokeswoman for Brink’s security, confirmed the merchandise was loaded into one of their trucks following the show on July 10 and that it was robbed on its way to Los Angeles.

Swanson said 25 to 30 bags were stolen from the truck and that 18 victims reported sizable losses following the robbery.

Callahan, however, disputed the estimated figure.

“According to the information the customers provided to us before they shipped their items, the total value of the missing items is less than $10 million,” Brink’s said in a statement. “We are working with law enforcement, and we will fully reimburse our customers for the value of their assets that were stolen, in accordance with the terms of our contract.”

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Like something out of an action movie. $100 million of jewelry stolen in Southern Cali.

Source: Robbers in California steal $100 million of jewelry from Brink Truck

Police arrest suspect in four Pittsburgh-area armed robberies

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.

Source: Police arrest suspect in four Pittsburgh-area armed robberies

Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood robbed during peak business hours – WPXI

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.

Source: Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood robbed during peak business hours – WPXI

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Police: Casino winner followed home from Pittsburgh, robbed

 

A 66-year-old man who won money at a Pittsburgh casino was assaulted and robbed early Tuesday morning by someone who followed him to his Aspinwall home, police said.

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.

Source: Police: Casino winner followed home from Pittsburgh, robbed

Man believes he was followed from ATM before being robbed in Pittsburgh – WPXI

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.

Source: Man believes he was followed from ATM before being robbed in Pittsburgh – WPXI

Man in custody after police say he robbed Downtown Pittsburgh bank; tried to get away on a bus

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.

Source: Man in custody after police say he robbed Downtown Pittsburgh bank; tried to get away on a bus

Downtown Bank Robbery Under Investigation – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a bank robbery downtown.

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The robbery happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Fourth Avenue, emergency officials said. There is a First National Bank at that location.

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The suspect reportedly got away.

Investigators have not yet said how much money was taken or if there were any injuries.

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Source: Downtown Bank Robbery Under Investigation – CBS Pittsburgh

Rite-Aid in Pittsburgh held up by man with knife

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.

Source: Rite-Aid in Pittsburgh held up by man with knife

Two charged in armed robbery outside pizza shop in Beaver County

Robbery happened on Tuesday afternoon

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.

Source: Two charged in armed robbery outside pizza shop in Beaver County

Robber Holds Up Sunoco In Oakland – CBS Pittsburgh

 

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.

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Police were called about a reported robbery at the Sunoco on Craft Avenue around 6:15 a.m.

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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.

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Police didn’t give a description of the suspect but said the investigation is ongoing.

Source: Robber Holds Up Sunoco In Oakland – CBS Pittsburgh

Family Dollar employee shoots man trying to rob his store :: WRAL.com

By WXII Web Staff

 — 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.

Source: Family Dollar employee shoots man trying to rob his store :: WRAL.com

Person attacked by group that broke into Pittsburgh home, stole car

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.

Source: Person attacked by group that broke into Pittsburgh home, stole car

Convenience store robbed by 2 men with guns in Pittsburgh’s South Oakland neighborhood – WPXI

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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Source: Convenience store robbed by 2 men with guns in Pittsburgh’s South Oakland neighborhood – WPXI

Police warning Hempfield, Greensburg and North Huntingdon residents of recent surge in vehicle, home break-ins

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

Source: Police warning Hempfield, Greensburg and North Huntingdon residents of recent surge in vehicle, home break-ins

14 people arrested for group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores – CNN

 

(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.

Source: 14 people arrested for group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores – CNN

Dozens of thieves hit Walnut Creek Nordstrom, S.F. police probe possible links to Union Square heists

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.

Source: Dozens of thieves hit Walnut Creek Nordstrom, S.F. police probe possible links to Union Square heists

Chicago thieves target Neiman Marcus, GameStop amid Rittenhouse protests | Fox News

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.

Source: Chicago thieves target Neiman Marcus, GameStop amid Rittenhouse protests | Fox News

Pizza shop worker attacked with ladle, cash register stolen during robbery in Pittsburgh

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.

Source: Pizza shop worker attacked with ladle, cash register stolen during robbery in Pittsburgh

Police search for two men who held up gas station in Pittsburgh

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.

Source: Police search for two men who held up gas station in Pittsburgh

Man with gun robs Pittsburgh store – WPXI

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.

Source: Man with gun robs Pittsburgh store – WPXI

Youngwood man accused of taking $50K worth of guns, other items from 2 abandoned houses

By Renatta Signorini

You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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.

Source: Youngwood man accused of taking $50K worth of guns, other items from 2 abandoned houses

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