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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

A 43-year-old public housing maintenance man is accused of using his job to take money and pain pills from residents at Dalton's Edge at Tarentum.

Jorge L. Gonzalez, of 192 Park Ave., Harrison, is charged with theft, burglary and trespassing.

The charges were filed on Feb. 13 by the Allegheny County Public Housing Authority, which owns and operates the Dalton's Edge complex in Tarentum and Brackenridge.

Housing authority police allege Gonzalez used a master key to get inside apartments when the residents weren't there. Police suspected that because the burglaries didn't involve forced entry. According to an affidavit, Gonzalez allegedly entered four or five apartments at least five times — sometimes for a legitimate purpose — when he took money.

Police allege that he took about $400 in cash and OxyContin narcotic pain pills from one resident while she was in a hospital and about $80 in quarters from another resident who later confronted the man.

According to police, Gonzalez paid back the $80 in increments.

He didn't give back the pills or $400 that police believe he took about Jan. 17.

Gonzalez was sent to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond pending a March 5 preliminary hearing by Brackenridge District Judge Carolyn Bengel.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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