Week of May 28

Published May 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm (Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm)

Criminal mischief: Two vehicles used for parts were damaged between Saturday and 6:02 p.m. May 19, township police said. The vehicles are owned by Pasquini Construction, Linwood Avenue, and were parked on the property, police said. Windows on both vehicles were smashed with either a large rock or reinforced bar. Plastic was pulled away from one vehicle and the hood was damaged on the second vehicle, police said.

Retail theft: A man who entered CVS, 3870 Washington Road, at 2:24 p.m. May 19, took a shopping basket, grabbed dental care items and left without paying, township police said. The items are valued at $716. The man was last seen in a silver Volkswagen traveling north on Washington Road.

Burglary: An open garage in a residence in the 200 block of Windermere Court was entered before 1:43 p.m. May 19, and an unlocked vehicle was entered, township police. Stolen were a .45-caliber pistol and a small black purse with $800, 15 blank checks and various other contents, police said.

Theft: A resident of the 200 block of Windermere Court was notified by her bank that her credit cards were being used, township police said. The notification occurred at 11:23 a.m. May 19, and the woman told police she last saw her purse in her car on May 17. The cards were used to make numerous purchases of more than $3,500 at various Get Go, Giant Eagle and Home Depot locations in West Mifflin and McKeesport, police said. The purse is valued at $260, police said.

Vehicles entered: Two unlocked vehicles parked in the drive of a residence in the 100 block of Alyson Drive were entered before 9:09 a.m. May 19, and a purse was stolen, township police said. Credit cards from the purse were used to purchase about $2,000 in merchandise from the North Versailles area, police said.

Identity theft: A resident of the 100 block of Fulton Drive was notified over the weekend of May 17 that about $1,000 was owed on a Sam’s Club credit card, police said. The resident does not have a Sam’s credit card. Investigation determined the Sam’s card and a credit card for Kohl’s were opened May 3 in Atlanta, Ga., using the resident’s identification.

Corruption of minors: Ian M. Smith, 18, of State Route 981, New Alexandria, was charged with corruption of minor, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, after police found him with a 16-year-old township girl from Grandview Drive, township police said. The girl told police he smoked marijuana in front of her, township police said. The incident was reported at 9:47 p.m. May 16. The girl’s parent told police the girl missed work at 4 p.m. and was with Smith without the parent’s permission. When police arrived at the residence, the girl, Smith and the parent were in the driveway with Smith in his vehicle, police said. After police smelled marijuana in Smith’s vehicle, he gave the officer a plastic bag with less than 30 grams of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking pipe was found, police said. Smith was charged by summons.

One student injured: When a school bus made a sudden stop on Tepee Road and Ammons Drive to avoid striking a resident on a riding lawn mower in the road street, one student standing in the aisle of the bus struck his head on the passenger side of the windshield, township police said. The student, Gordon Hardy, 11, of Ammons Drive, complained of a headache and was transported to St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon. The hospital does not release patient information. None of the other 20 students on the bus was injured in the 3:58 p.m incident May 19, police said. The bus driver, Bruce Bergman, 71, was not injured. There was no collision between the bus and the mower operated by Alberto DiPaolo, 74, of Tepee Road, police said. The investigation continues and no charges against DiPaolo have been filed, police said.

Tequila stolen: Three people entered the Wine and Spirits store, 3929 Washington Road, McMurray, at 3:30 p.m. May 21, and one of the women concealed a half gallon of tequila in her purse, township police said. The tequila is valued at $39. The retail theft was reported at 10:56 a.m. May 22. The three, two women and one man, were seen leaving the parking lot in a gold sport utility vehicle.

Identity theft: A resident of the 100 block of Shoreline Drive, told police at 2:47 p.m. May 22, that her federal income tax return was rejected, township police said. The woman is an employee of UPMC and her information was hacked and used to file another return, police said.


Signs stolen: Six street signs were stolen in zone 3 between May 13 and May 14, township police said. The signs are valued at $360.

Toilets damaged: Paper towels were set on fire in the permanent rest rooms on the Panhandle Trail in Sturgeon, township police said. The criminal mischief was discovered May 19. Burning towels were placed on a toilet in the men’s side and in a sink in the women’s side, police said. Damage, estimated at $30, was to the men’s toilet seat, police said.

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