New Ken robbery suspect nabbed in Brackenridge
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
An alleged drug addict who is accused of robbing a Central City Plaza store in New Kensington just before 9 p.m. Sunday was arrested a few hours later in Brackenridge, New Kensington police said.
Dennis D. Berkoben Jr., 35, of Brackenridge and Tarentum, is accused of the 8:40 p.m. robbery Sunday of the Family Dollar Store.
Police said Monday he was arrested without incident inside an Allegheny County Housing Authority high-rise apartment in Brackenridge at about 12:30 a.m. Monday.
New Kensington police Lt. Jim Klein said Berkoben is accused of demanding money from a clerk before grabbing it from a cash drawer. No weapon was seen, and after his arrest Berkoben insisted none was used, according to Klein.
Police found Berkoben by tracing the license plate and registration of the green Honda station wagon seen leaving the store just after the robbery.
Police matched a store surveillance photo to an arrest photo taken of Berkoben, and witnesses said the arrest photo appeared to match the robber.
Other police told New Kensington police that the suspect matched a man they knew in Brackenridge and Tarentum.
Tarentum police Chief Bill Vakulick confirmed Monday that Berkoben was arrested without incident inside the First Avenue, Brackenridge apartment of his father by Brackenridge, Harrison and Tarentum officers.
Vakulick said the younger Berkoben lives on the sixth floor but was staying in his father's apartment on a lower floor.
Klein said Berkoben was brought to the New Kensington police station where he questioned the man.
In an affidavit, Klein said Berkoben apologized and admitted to taking about $80 to buy drugs.
Berkoben told police he bought crack cocaine and smoked it after the robbery, the affidavit alleges.
Klein charged Berkoben with two counts of robbery.
New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. arraigned Berkoben on Monday and released him on house arrest with an unsecured $25,000 bond pending an Oct. 10 preliminary hearing.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Lower Burrell passes budget
- School stockings stuffed
- New round of bids saves East Vandergrift half-million dollars on sewage project
- Oakmont overcomes sticking points on budget
- POLICE PUZZLE
- Woman accused of assault over rap music to attend anger management classes
- Home badly damaged in Clinton Township fire
- 5 vehicle crashes reported on wintry day in the Alle-Kiski Valley
- Apollo Elks reopens after reaching agreement with national organization
- Motorists caught in Highland Park Bridge bottleneck
- Spending increase benefits Frazer police