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Zone 3 Community Crime Alerts


The following are the Part I crimes for the week of: April 11, 2016 thru April 17, 2016.

Duquesne Heights (1911)

Theft by Deception (attempted) – 200 blk. Sweetbriar St. – 4/6 – Reporting person stated her elderly mother received a phone call from “Publishers Clearing House” telling her she won their sweepstakes. They required the victim to send $65 to have a certified check released. The victim did not send anything. The person calling knew the victim’s name, address, full social security number, and bank name.

Mt. Washington (1903, 1914, 1915, 1807)

Theft from Vehicle – 100 blk. Haberman Ave. – 4/11 between 12:05 AM and 6:00 AM – Victim states she parked her vehicle and someone gained access from an unlocked door (doesn’t lock) and items were stolen. Taken were a purple bookbag, English Comp book, wallet containing three credit cards, two ID’s, soc sec. card and a bank card. Total value $672.

Theft from Person – 100 blk. Bailey Ave. – 4/14 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM – Victim stated she went to a church function. She had left her purse unattended and in that time, someone took her Samsung cell phone from it. Total value $700.

Theft of Services – Virginia Ave. at Bertha St. – 4/13 between 12:36 AM and 1:50 AM – The reporting person is a cab driver and reports the suspect was transported to a location and was returned. The suspect fled when it came time to pay for the fare. Total value $42.25.

Theft from Person -200 blk. Albert St. – between 9/12/15 and 4/12/16 – Victim states he loaned the suspect a ladder. The suspect took scaffolding from his home instead.

Theft from Person – 1900 blk. Mt. Joseph St. – between 2/24 and 2/25 – Victim states she hired the 13 year old juvenile suspect to walk her dogs while she was at work. The victim discovered her Samsung tablet was missing and contacted the suspect’s mother. The mother denied the theft. On 4/12, the victim was contacted by the mother who had located the tablet. They made arrangements for the return of the property, however, the victim will pursue charges.

Theft from Residence – 400 blk. Winton St. – 4/13 between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM – Victim states a former friend came to her residence to visit. After a period of time, the victim realized the suspect was acting strangely. After the suspect left, the victim discovered her Ipad was missing from where it had been charging. Unk. Value.

South Shore (1921)

South Side Flats (1702, 1609)

Theft from Vehicle (Firearm) – 2700 blk. S. Water St. – between 4/9 at 1:00 PM and 4/11 at 9:30 AM – Victim states she parked her car in the garage at the Hyatt hotel on 4/9. When she went to her car on 4/11, she saw that her firearm and holster were missing. She had not moved the car since she had parked it. Missing is a GLock, model 26, 40 caliber, serial number ZVD435 and a Tague holster.

Theft from Vehicle – S. 10th and Bingham St. – 4/10 between 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM – Victim states her lap top and purse were on the back seat and were taken. The car was not locked. Victim is also not sure if the items were stolen at this location of her residence in the 2200 blk. Mary St.

Theft from Vehicle – 50 blk. S. 12th St. – 4/11 between 7:00 PM and 11:30 PM – Reporting person states an employee’s vehicle was broken into and a work laptop containing sensitive information on it was taken. Value $500.

Robbery (strong arm) – 4/11 at 7:00 PM – 2000 Wharton St. – Victim states she was walking in the southside when she was grabbed by a BM suspect and tried to pull her into an alley. The suspect punched her. The victim fought back and bit the suspect very hard to where he would have needed medical attention. The suspect fled with $30 from her purse. There were two WM’s present with the suspect, who also fled.

Theft – 40 blk. S. 9th St. – 4/9 between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM – Victim states she was shopping and believes she placed her cellphone on the child seat of the shopping cart or was on her person. Her cellphone was missing when she went to check out.

Theft – 1700 E. Carson St. – between 10/1/15 and 11/1/15 – Victim states his cell phone was stolen while it was left unattended.

Theft from Vehicle – S. 17th St. at Sarah St. – 4/14 between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – Victim states he parked his car and when he returned to it, he discovered his laptop was stolen from the car. Unk value.

Stolen Auto (recovered) – 2700 blk. S. 18th St. – 4/12 between 6:45 PM and 7:46 PM – Victim states he left his car running while dropping off his son. While the victim was locating his vehicle information to make a report, an officer discovered this vehicle, prior to being reported stolen, over a hillside. The vehicle was towed.

Theft from Person/Access device fraud – 2700 blk. E. Carson St. – 4/14 between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM – Victim states she was at L.A. Fitness using a locker for her belongings. When she returned to her locker, she saw it was opened, but damaged, and her wallet was gone. Although she cancelled her cards, there was unauthorized use on her credit cards. Missing was a Marc Jacobs wallet, discover card, PNC bank card, Discover credit card, First National Bank card, PA driver’s license, an insurance card, and $50 in cash. Total value $250.

Robbery – 1900 E. Carson St. – 4/15 at 6:55 PM – Victim states he was sitting in a grassy area when he was attacked and punched by two suspects. They tried taking his backpack but he did not let it go. The suspects are described as a WM, 18-21 years old, 5’7”, 165’ riding a bicycle. The other suspect is a BM, 20-30 years old, 160’, 5’7”, dark complexion, with a goatee.

Theft from business – 1700 blk. E. Carson St. – 4/15 at 11:00 PM – Reporting person states suspects took a napkin holder valued at $30.

Theft from Vehicle – 60 blk. S. 14th St. – between 4/14 at 10:30 PM and 4/15 at 1:50 AM – Victim states she locked her car when she parked it. When she returned, she discovered the lock on her door damaged. Missing is a backpack containing a Mac Book. Total value $1870.

Theft from Person – 1700 blk. E. Carson St. – 4/15 between 12:30 AM and 1:30 AM – Victim states her cellphone was stolen while she was at this location. Value $600.

Bon Air (1806)

South Side Slopes (1706, 1608)

Burglary – 2800 blk. Josephine St. – between 4/10 at 2:00 PM and 4/11 at 2:00 PM – Victim had come home from work and went straight to bed. When he woke up, he noticed his basement window was broken out. Stolen was $4000 in currency. Nothing appeared to be disturbed or tampered with.

Burglary – 2400 blk. Eccles St. – 4/13 between 7:30 AM and 6:54 PM – When the victim came home from work, he discovered his residence had been broken into. Entry appears to have been made from kicking in the rear door. Taken was a Nintendo Wii gaming system with controllers. Total value $200.

Theft from Vehicle – 1000 blk. St. Martin St. – between 4/12 at 7:00 PM and 4/13 at 6:30 AM – Victim states he parked his car and when he returned, the interior was ransacked. Taken were change and a bag of Ibuprofen. Unknown how entry was made.

Theft from Vehicle – 200 blk. St. Thomas St. – between 4/12 at 6:30 PM and 4/13 at 8:00 AM – Victim states he parked his car in his driveway and in the morning he discovered it had been rifled through. Taken was $50 in quarters, a master set of keys and an Ipad. Total value $550.

Allentown (1803)

Arson – 900 blk. Lillian Way - 4/12 at 5:58 PM – Structure fire being investigated as arson. The residence is not an occupied structure.

Knoxville (3001)

Aggravated Assault – 600 blk. Brownsville Rd. – 4/11 at 6:40 PM – Victim states he was walking his dog when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect as him if he was “Tay or Slim” to which the victim replied that he wasn’t. The suspect told him he owed his girl money and pulled out a handgun and struck the victim in the face causing a bloody lip and a facial injury. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Theft from Vehicle – 200 blk. Arabella St. – between 4/11 and 4/12 at 5:02 AM – Victim states he noticed his vehicle had been rummage through after realizing he had not locked his car the previous evening. Taken was his wallet containing his driver’s license, various credit cards, social security card, an Access card, and a bank card.

Burglary (business) – 800 blk. Brownsville Rd. – between 4/15 at 6:50 PM and 4/16 at 7:30 AM – Reporting person stated the suspect threw a rock through the storefront window and took various items on a display shelf inside the business. At this time the items are all Dewalt brand; 25’ tape measure, 20v 3/8” Impact Wrench kit, 20v 2 tool combo kit with battery, 8 piece drill drive kit, 7”/9” variable speed polisher, cordless 20v drill. Total value $793.70

Beltzhoover (1809)

Theft by Deception – 700 blk. Montooth St. – 4/7 between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM – The victim’s mother reported her son met the suspect on Facebook who was interested in buying from the victim a pair of Nike shoes for $190. The 15 year old victim met the suspect to which he was given six $50 bills in exchange for the shoes. The victim later discovered the money was fake. Total value of the shoes is $190.

Criminal Homicide – 300 blk. E. Warrington Ave. – 4/14 at 11:51 PM – Officers were dispatched to a business for a person shot. Upon officers’ arrival, they observed two victims. The first victim sustained gunshots which were deemed to be life threatening. The second victim sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. No suspect information is available. Investigation is ongoing with the Violent Crimes Unit.

Mount Oliver (1607)

Theft from Vehicle/Criminal mischief – 500 blk. Cathedral St. – between 4/15 at 10:30 PM and 4/16 at 3:00 AM – Victim states she mistakenly left her car unlocked after arriving home from food shopping. She later discovered items missing from her car. Taken was an Ipad, pink Galaxy, driver’s license, bank card, medical card, and a AAA card. Total value $1100.

Arlington (1603)

Theft from Person – 2300 blk. Arlington Ave. – between 4/13 at 12:00 PM and 4/16 at 8:00 AM – Victim states a known suspect took two money orders from him. Total value $550.

Arlington Heights (1604)

Carrick (2901, 2902, 2904)

Burglary – 1600 blk. Oakhurst St. – 4/13 between 11:00 AM and 1:50 PM – Victim states she believes her brother who is a drug user, used a key he had stolen from her to gain access to her residence while she was sleeping. Taken was an Ipad and an Xbox with two controllers, charger and five games. Total value taken $815.

Stolen Auto – 300 blk. Nuzum Ave. – 4/12 between 7:15 Am and 7:25 AM – reporting person states she borrowed her mother’s car. This morning she started up the car, left it unlocked and went inside. When she came back outside, the car was gone. PA plate JBW6769, 2004 blue Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Burglary/Recklessly endangering another person/criminal mischief – 2000 blk. Lutz Ave. – 4/13 9:45 AM – Victim states a known suspect entered into the residence without permission and fought him. The suspect left and returned again forcing his way into the residence. This time he pulled a knife on the victim. After a short period of time, the suspect left and returned when police were on scene gathering information for the report.

Theft from Vehicle (license plate) – 2200 blk. Dellrose St. – between 4/9 at 9:00 PM and 4/10 at 11:00 AM – Victim states he noticed his registration plate was taken from his car when it had been parked on Dellrose St. PA plate YDR2502

Robbery – Dellrose at Westmont Ave. – 4/16 at 7:30 PM – Victim states she was walking when she was approached by the suspect who grabbed her and began to choke her attempting to take her cell phone. The victim broke free and fled where she called 911. The victim pointed to officers the residence where the suspect fled. Contact was made by officers and the suspect was arrested. Arrested was Charles Meckling from Westmont St.

Theft by Deception (attempted) – 100 blk. Birmingham Ave. – 4/15 at 7:30 PM - Victim states he was contacted by phone someone who stated they were from the IRS. The suspect told the victim he owed $1800 and if he did not pay, he would go to jail. The victim did not provide any information and called 911.

Theft from Person – 1300 blk. Brownsville Rd. – between 4/15 at 3:04 AM and 4/17 at 11:08 AM – Victim states a delivery was made to her residence, however the package was not there. She checked FedEx and confirmed it had been delivered. The packing box was discovered on the side of her residence, but was empty. Value $80.

Theft by Deception (attempted) – 500 blk. Brinwood Ave. – 4/15 between 2:00 PM and 3:32 PM – Victim states suspects called and stated they were from the Department of U.S. Treasury. They told the victim and her husband they owed money ($4000) and if they didn’t pay they would have someone at their house to take them to jail. When the officer arrived, the husband was still speaking with them on the phone. Officer spoke with the suspect and asked basic information and became agitated when asked for his phone number. The suspect became verbally abusive and disconnected. No information was given to the suspects.

Mt. Washington (1903)

Overbrook (3204, 3207)

Theft from Person – 100 blk. Aaron Ave. – between 4/7 at 9:00 AM and 4/8 at 5:00 PM – Victim permitted the suspect to stay at his residence. He discovered $340 missing and the suspect was told to leave. After the suspect left, he also found his Macbook Air was gone. Total value $1340.

St. Clair (1606)


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