Police find burglary suspect's cellphone at Brackenridge crime scene
Police appreciate help in solving crimes — especially when it comes from a suspect.
That's what happened in a burglary incident over the weekend at a trailer owned by a contractor working on the new ATI-Allegheny Ludlum hot-strip mill.
The assist that police received apparently came from Tyler Jack, 19, of Sixth Avenue, Brackenridge, who was arrested Monday in connection with the burglary.
Brackenridge Patrolman Justin McIntire said that more than $7,000 worth of items ranging from power tools to a flat-screen TV and computers were taken from the trailer owned by McCarl's Services Inc., a heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor.
The trailer was parked along Mile Lock Lane near the intersection with Third Avenue and showed no sign of forced entry.
But the investigation got a boost when McCarl's employees found a cellphone in the trailer and gave it to the police.
That break got even bigger, when police examined the phone, which they say belongs to Jack.
“The phone was on and it was on his Facebook page,” McIntire said.
Based on that evidence, he said, police obtained a search warrant for Jack's residence. When police conducted the search, they recovered all of the items that had been reported stolen, he said.
McIntire said Jack is charged with criminal trespass, theft, burglary, receiving stolen property — all felonies — and littering and prowling at night.
He was arraigned in Pittsburgh and placed in the Allegheny County Jail, police said.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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