Week of June 18
Bear Sighting: When Mt. Lebanon police spotted a bear in their municipality running toward Bethel Park on June 9, borough police searched, but were unable to find the bear, police said. There were no additional sightings. Police contacted the state Game Commission and learned bear are on the move this time of the year searching for food. If a bear is seen in the area, call police, who will then notify the Game Commission.
Retail theft: Police were called at 7:20 p.m. June 9 when Upper St. Clair police detained Brandon D. Bennett, 32, of Pittsburgh 15208, after he was found urinating in the parking lot of South Hills Village, police said. Bethel Park was notified when Upper St. Clair police found $171 in stolen merchandise in Bennett's vehicle. Bennett admitted, police said, that he had nine prior convictions for retail theft. Police charged Bennett with retail theft. The stolen merchandise was from American Eagle, Lids and the Children's Place, police said.
Underage alcohol: Morgan O'Rourke, 19, of 3235 Thornwood Drive, Bethel Park, received a citation for underage possession of alcohol for an incident in the 3700 block of Library Road, at 10:53 p.m. May 30, borough police said.
Robbery: Samuel Yeboa, 45, of 1435 Tolma Ave., Pittsburgh, was arrested for robbery and theft following an incident at midnight, June 1, on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, borough police said.
Burglary: A business on Willow Avenue, was forcibly entered and burglarized during daylight hours, borough police said. The burglary was reported at 12:39 p.m. May 31.
Underage drinking: Nicholas Heisler, 19, of 1108 Logan Road, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI, false ID and underage drinking after an incident in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 12:55 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
Drug violations: Tracy Doman, 32, of 5571 Library Road, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI and drug violations after an incident in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 1:28 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
DUI: Christopher Hutter, 27, of 334 Stonebrook Drive, McMurray, was arrested for DUI after an incident in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 2:40 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
DUI: Russell Mills, 44, of 101 Horning Road, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI after an incident in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 12:20 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
DUI: Christopher Lieb, 25, of 6011 Boxer Drive, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI after an incident in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 1 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
DUI: Richard Baran, 54, of 373 Rockhhill Road, Mt. Lebanon, was arrested for DUI in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 1:03 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
DUI: Jason Holland, 30, of 2965 Eastview Road, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI in the 3900 block of Library Road, at 1:39 a.m. June 7, borough police said.
Receiving stolen property: David Dinkins, 35, of 3309 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, was arrested for receiving stolen property in the 3300 block of Library Road, at 6:44 a.m. June 9, borough police said.
DUI, Underage drinking: Melissa Macklen, 20, of 5853 Glen Hill Drive, Bethel Park, was arrested for DUI and underage drinking in the 3600 block of Library Road, at 2:12 a.m. June 11, borough police said.
Theft: A resident of the 200 block of Walnut Drive, Venetia, told police he normally locks his truck parked in the drive, but that he possibly forgot to lock the vehicle before the truck was entered and $1,600 in cash and two rebate cards were stolen, township police said. The owner said he noticed the driver's door partially open along with the glove box and console. The theft was reported at 12:59 p.m. June 10.
Appliances stolen: A microwave, double oven and cooktop were stolen from a house under construction on Wellborne Drive in the Whispering Pines development, township police said. The appliances were still in the original boxes and are owned by Benjamin Marcus Homes of Venetia, police said. No value was listed. Marcus said the house was secured, but that several subcontractors have keys. The theft was reported at 10:07 a.m. May 10.
Wallet stolen: A wallet with credit cards and $80 in cash was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of Chestnut Court before 10:13 a.m. May 11, township police said. The owner noticed the front car door open and the wallet missing on May 9, and when the wallet was not found inside the residence by May 10, the owner called to cancel the credit cards, police said. The bank notified the wallet owner there was an attempt to use one of the cards.
Theft: On June 13, a man reported that he had parked his vehicle on Pelipetz Drive, off Arrowhead Trail, at 7:45 a.m. When he returned at 9:50 a.m., he discovered that his passenger side front window had been broken out and a wallet and sunglasses were missing from the center console. Damages were reported at $150. The wallet contained $400 cash and the sunglasses are valued at $250. The wallet contained credit cards that were used at various locations – two were used in Finleyville and one in West Mifflin.
Possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia: At 1:48 a.m. June 13, an officer observed occupants of a pickup truck looking through trash at Sienna Trail and Bower Hill Road. When the officer stopped the vehicle on Venetia Road the occupants were nervous and making suspicious movements. While the officer was questioning the occupants, he noticed a blunt on the driver's side floorboard. One of the occupants then admitted to possessing a small amount of marijuana (less than 30 grams). Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will be filed against a 17-year-old male from Clairton.
Theft by deception: On June 15, the Subway/Dairy Queen at 1017 Waterdam Plaza Drive reported that an approximately 50-year-old heavy-set, 5'6” clean-shaven black male with short black hair entered the store and made the traditional purchases. The subject then proceeded to ask for different denominations of currency. Later, when the drawer was counted it was $49 short, police said. The theft was reported at 6 p.m.
UPPER ST. CLAIR
Retail theft: Ann Miller, 53, of Canonsburg, was arrested for her third offense of retail theft after police were notified by security at Sears, South Hills Village, of stolen items taken by Miller at 1:40 p.m. June 3, township police said.
Retail offense: Ann Witherow, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged and fined $200 following the theft of items from Sears, South Hills Village, at 12:47 p.m. June 5, township police said.
Disorderly conduct: Brandon Bennett, 32, of Pittsburgh, was charged with disorderly conduct after he admitted to urinating in the parking lot of South Hills Village at 7:20 p.m. June 9, township police said. While he was stopped by police following the incident in a nearby retail parking lot, police noticed several stolen items in the vehicle and notified Bethel Park police, who then charged Bennett with retail theft.