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Zone 3 community crime alerts for May 29-June 4


The following are the Part I crimes for the week of: May 29 to June 4.

Duquesne Heights (1911)

Burglary – 300 blk. Sweetbriar St. – between 6/2/17 at midnight and 6/2/17 at 8 AM – Victim reported a home burglary. The victim woke up and found his wallet, cash, and car keys were gone. Also, his car (black 2015 Nissan Rogue with PA plate JPV4142) was stolen too.

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

Robbery – 100 blk. Harwood St. – 6/1/17 at 4:06 PM – Victims reported making arrangement to buy a dirt bike online for $750. They met the seller at this location along with the seller's friend. They were directed to a garage for the bike. When they arrived at the garage the suspect pulled out a revolver and demanded the money from the victim. A second suspect held onto the victim's friend who accompanied him until the money was given to them. Amount of loss is $750. Suspect #1 is a black male, 20 to 25 years old, 5'6", 150 pounds, dark complexion. Suspect #2 is a black male, 5'7", 130 pounds, thin build, and light complexion.

Burglary – 100 blk. Beltzhoover Ave. - between 6/3/17 at 4 PM and 6/3/17 at 11:10 PM – Victims reported a home burglary. Victims came home and found the home in disarray. Victims stated a diamond earring, a pre-loaded debit card, Nintendo Wii, HP laptop, and a dog (Rottweiler) were stolen from the home. Amount of loss is $4,700.

Theft by deception – 200 blk. La Belle St. – 5/29/17 at 7:32 PM – Victim contacted a person on a website to purchase a kitten for $400. Then victim sent the seller payment and will not respond to emails and she did not receive the kitten.

Theft from vehicle – 100 blk. Southern Ave. – between 5/30/17 at 8 PM and 5/31/17 at 8:40 AM – Victim called to report someone attempted to take items from her vehicle. The victim stated her console and glove box contents had been moved. There was no apparent damage to the vehicle.

Theft – 400 blk. Norton St. – between 5/30/17 at midnight and 6/1/17 at 2:20 PM – Victim reported a known actor stole her dog (mixed Jack Russell terrier/Dachsund). Amount of loss is unknown.

Theft – 100 blk. Greenbush St. – 5/29/17 at midnight – Victim reported he noticed his credit card was moved and money was taken out of another one of his accounts. The victim stated a known person admitted to taking the money because they needed it.

South Shore (1921)

Bon Air (1806)

South Side Slopes (1706, 1608)

Burglary – 1600 blk. Sterling St. - between 5/27/17 at 6 PM and 5/28/17 at 6 PM – Victim reported a home burglary. Victim returned home. She discovered her front window and door were open. A clear "piggy bank" containing $80 was taken.

Theft from vehicle – 2500 blk. Josephine St. - between 5/31/17 at 5 PM and 6/1/17 at 10 AM – Victim reported his PA license plate (JJC6556) was stolen off of his vehicle.

Burglary – 2300 blk. Salisbury St. - between 6/1/17 at 9:30 PM and 6/2/17 at 7:45 AM – Victim reported a home burglary. Entry was made thru a window. It does not appear anything was taken.

Theft from vehicle – 100 blk. Pius St. – between 5/31/17 at 6 PM and 6/1/17 at 8:20 AM – Victim found passenger side door ajar but no noticeable damage. Items taken from the vehicle are 2010 Garmin GPS and a radar detector. Amount of loss is unknown.

South Side Flats (1609, 1702)

Theft from vehicle – 100 blk. S. 17th St. - between 5/30/17 at 4 PM and 5/31/17 at 11:30 AM – Victim discovered her vehicle had been rifled through but nothing appears to have been taken.

Theft from vehicle- 1300 blk. Breed St. - between5/30/17 at 9:30 PM and 5/31/17 at 10 AM – Victim reported he had his wallet stolen from his vehicle. Items taken were a wallet, social security information, state ID, cash, debit card, & credit card. Amount of loss is over $14.

Stolen vehicle – 1700 blk. Mary St. - 6/1/17 at 2:24 AM – Victim explained she left her home a few minutes earlier and her vehicle was there and when she returned it was gone. The stolen vehicle is a red 2007 Suzuki XX4 hatchback. The vehicle was recovered 2 days later.

Theft from vehicle – 1800 blk. Mary St. - between 5/31/17 at 7:30 PM and 6/1/17 at 7:05 AM – Victim reported his registration and insurance cards were taken out of his vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle.

Aggravated assault – 100 blk. S. 17th St. - 6/1/17 at 10:28 AM – An officer responded to an illegally parked vehicle call. The officer observed the street was signed "no parking" under a variance. The officer activated his lights and siren briefly to have the owner move the vehicle. No one responded. A tow truck was requested and more than a half hour later arrived on scene. The car was loaded onto the tow truck. A female arrived on scene and was given instructions on how to retrieve the vehicle. The female jumped on the tow truck's side step. An officer pulled her off before she could fall and get injured by the truck running her over. The female's response was to punch the officer in the face. When the officer tried to take the female in custody a male interfered and allowed the female to escape. Meanwhile, the male was striking the officer. The officer called for back up units. The male (James Shaddix) was taken into custody. The female (Rhianna Powell) left and returned later and was taken into custody. Powell also had a warrant for her arrest.

Aggravated assault – 2000 blk. Wharton St. - 6/2/17 at 2:30 PM – An employee was trying to prevent a person from stealing beer from a store. The suspect (Harold Anderson) struck the victim with a bottle of beer. The victim declined medical treatment.

Stolen vehicle – 100 blk. S. 17th St. - between 5/31/17 at 10 PM and 6/3/17 at 9 AM – The reporting person explained his rental vehicle had been stolen. The rental car was a black 2017 Ford Escape SUV with Florida plate DFNS66.

Theft from vehicle – S. 4th St. & Bingham St. - 6/3/17 at 2:05 PM – Victim returned to his vehicle and discovered his cloth cooler had been stolen. Loss is $19.

Aggravated assault – 100 blk. Station Square Dr. Ext. W - 6/3/17 at 4:20 PM – Officers were summoned to a calls of a black male wielding a knife trying to enter driver's vehicles claiming someone was trying to kill him. Moments later, officers were updated the male was now inside a local business flipping tables and wielding a knife. Upon arrival, officers found the black male (Donnie Alexander) with the knife holding it in his right hand within 10-15 feet of patrons. The officers ordered him to drop the knife but he closed ground on the officers. Officers were forced to deploy a taser to stop the threat. Alexander was taken into custody. Alexander had drug paraphernalia on his person as well.

Theft – 1700 blk. E. Carson St. – 6/3/17 at 1 AM – Victim reported his wallet was stolen while on E. Carson Street. The victim was able to obtain a phone number through his service provider and called the phone number. He made contact with a male who he paid $50 for the return of his phone through a third party.

Allentown (1803)

Theft from vehicle – 200 blk. Walter St. – between 5/28/17 at 3 PM and 5/29/17 at 11:21 AM – Victim discovered her wallet was stolen out of her vehicle. The contents of the wallet were social security information, access card, cash, and support card. The victim later talked to a witness who saw a suspect enter the vehicle, go through it, and place something in her pocket. The suspect was identified and officers are applying for a summons for the suspect.

Theft – 800 blk. Carnival Way – between 6/1/17 at 6 PM and 6/2/17 at 6 AM – A business owner gave access to a known person to enter a warehouse. The known person was to remove their own property. The owner later realized his items were taken too. Amount of loss is unknown at this time.

Theft of property lost or mislaid – 300 blk. Millbridge St. – 6/3/17 at 6 PM – Victim stated she left her purse on the porch and when she returned about a half hour later the purse was in the front yard and cash was stolen. Amount of loss is $288.

Theft – 800 blk. E. Warrington Ave. – between 6/3/17 at 10 AM and 6/3/17 at 5 PM – Victim called to report he had 2 suspects involved in stealing items from his work location. The victim stated he gave 2 people access to conduct utility work. He discovered items taken from his work in the rear of another address.

Mount Oliver (1607)

Arlington (1603)

Theft – 200 blk. Clover St. - 5/29/17 at 3 AM – Victim reported a known person took her Dell desktop computer and cash. Amount of loss is $2,200.

Burglary – 2800 blk. Arlington Ave. - between 6/3/17 at 10 PM and 6/4/17 at 8:30 AM – Victim reported a home burglary. Items taken were a small and large bag of tobacco, plus cash. Amount of loss is $855. There was no sign of forced entry.

Arlington Heights (1604)

Beltzhoover (1809)

Carrick (2901, 2902, 2904)

Theft by deception – 2000 blk. Westmont Ave. – between 5/14/17 at midnight and 5/30/17 at midnight – A business was asked to deliver a large food order. Credit card information did not match other information given so the order was never filled.

Burglary – 2100 blk. Brownsville Rd. – 5/30/17 at 4:30 AM – A store employee called to report a burglary. The suspects forced entry into the business and stole iPhones, Samsung phones, lottery tickets, registers, electronic chargers, iPads, & headphones. Amount of loss is unknown at this time.

Burglary – 300 blk. Redwood St. – 5/30/17 at 1 PM – Victim heard somebody downstairs and when he went to check the person was gone. Victim noticed a change jar, cash, & credit card were stolen. Amount of loss is $2,300.

Burglary – 1900 blk. Walton Ave. – 6/2/17 at 1:27 AM – Victim called to report a home burglary. Items stolen from the home were a Westinghouse 40" flat screen TV, HDMI cable, Pirates jersey, coins, & Xbox 360 with accessories. Amount of loss is unknown. Officers saw a man in a neighbor's yard along with an open door. Officers, based on the circumstances, responded thinking another burglary was taking place. Officers encountered Brian Grilli inside the home who had a valid warrant. Officers were able to contact the home owner who gave consent to search and the officers recovered the stolen items from the burglary. Brian Grilli was arrested and taken to jail.

Theft – 1000 blk. Brownsville Rd. – 6/3/17 at 8 PM – An employee called to report a known person stole $260 from the business while the employee was out on a delivery. There is video surveillance.

Theft – 1800 blk. Brownsville Rd. – 6/3/17 at 4:39 PM – Victim stated a white male, 25 to 35 years old, 6', large build with scruffy facial hair, and wearing white tank top with blue shorts and gray baseball cap reached into her vehicle and stole her purse. The purse had cash, state ID, & work ID. Amount of loss is over $80.

Theft by deception – 300 blk. Maytide St. – 6/1/17 at Noon – Victim called to report she was contacted by voicemail by a person stating they were with the IRS and they had a warrant for failure to pay taxes. The victim called back the number left on the voicemail. The male on the phone stated the victim owned $4,900 for delinquent taxes. The victim explained they could not pay back the money due because they could not afford it. The "IRS representative" transferred the call to a supervisor who told her to go to a store and buy $500 gift cards. The victim after purchasing the gift cards called a friend who informed her it was a scam. When the victim tried to return the gift cards the store explained the gift cards were non-returnable.

Overbrook (3204, 3207)

St. Clair (1606)

Knoxville (3001)

Stolen vehicle – Ibis Way & Bausman St. – between 5/23/17 at 8 AM and 5/29/17 at 4 PM – Victim reported he parked his vehicle at a friend's home and when he came back to pick it up it had been stolen. The vehicle is a dark green 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT with PA plate JDJ8237.

Stolen vehicle – 200 blk. Wilbur St. –between 5/17/16 at midnight and 5/16/17 at midnight – Victim stated he was away for a year and when he returned his white 1997 Acura CL with PA plate KCF4552 had been stolen.


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