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Police apprehend suspect after diner heist


January 17, 2012

William Stevens

Last week, police apprehended a suspect in the armed theft of several thousand dollars from a South Side restaurant in November.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Zone 3 officers responded to Penny's Diner on E. Carson Street for a report of a robbery. The officers spoke with the manager who reported an ex-employee came into the diner and confronted her about an employee related matter. The manager said she was doing payroll at the time and there was several thousand dollars in an envelope.

She reported the former employee pulled out a revolver, took the envelope and made threats if she called the police. The suspect fled out of the back door down Wrights Way toward S. 17th Street.

Video surveillance showed him entering and exiting the rear door of the diner. Pittsburgh Police detectives and the Major Crime Unit were sent to the diner to process the scene.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, William Stevens from Homewood was taken into custody by the Marshal's Fugitive Task Force on an outstanding warrant. The suspect was taken to Police Headquarters for interviewing and subsequent to the interview was arrested, charged with robbery and transported to the Allegheny County Jail.


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