Suspect nabbed in burglary that caused lockdown of Fairview Elementary
A photo snapped by an observant resident helped police apprehend a burglary suspect within hours on Wednesday, police said.
Indiana Township police arrested Robert Heigley, 21, at his home in Richland Township about 9:20 p.m., Detective Steve Colucci said.
Heigley is accused of burglarizing a home about 2 p.m. on Hodil Terrace, across Dorseyville Road from Fairview Elementary School.
When police arrived, the man fled behind a house and into the woods near the school. Police searched the area for about 2 1 / 2 hours Wednesday but did not find the burglar.
The district was immediately alerted as a precaution, Colucci said.
Fairview Elementary in Indiana Township and Kerr Elementary in O'Hara were locked down about 2:15 p.m. when police notified the district of the search, said Bonnie Berzonski, spokeswoman for the Fox Chapel Area School District. The suspect never was inside either school, Berzonski said.
Student dismissal began at 3:30 p.m. as usual, although the district took “extra precautions,” Berzonski said. Officers reportedly stood watch on school groun ds.
Colucci said Heigley appeared to have forced his way into one house on Hodil Terrace and was attempting to break into another when police arrived.
Colucci said the photo of Heigley “solved the case.”
“We got a call from some other officers who saw the news, plus we sent it out to all the departments,” he said. “We had officers waiting for him to return to his house, and when he arrived he was taken into custody.”
Colucci said Heigley will be charged with one count each of burglary and attempted burglary and two counts each of theft and receiving stolen property. He was to be lodged in the Allegheny County Jail.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New Ken-Arnold board asked to mediate between football groups
- Apollo hires 3 part-time police officers
- Early morning fire destroys East Deer home
- New Kensington-Arnold approves tentative, 3-year contract with teachers
- Another resignation, another open seat on Cheswick Council
- Winfield awards $63K contact to replace Keasey Road
- Harrison schedules public hearing for Sheetz-CVS proposal
- Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website
- Teachers, support personnel negotiate in 6 Alle-Kiski Valley school districts
- Penn State New Kensington will show new face this fall
- New-Ken Arnold will have new-look school security