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Rooftop burglars nabbed at former department store in Lower Burrell

Submitted - Kevin Foster of Beltzhoover was accused of burglary after police found him and another man on the roof of the former J. C. Penney store in Burrell Plaza in Lower Burrell on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Kevin Foster of Beltzhoover was accused of burglary after police found him and another man on the roof of the former J. C. Penney store in Burrell Plaza in Lower Burrell on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Submitted - Jonathan Lachman of Greensburg was accused of burglary after police found him and another man on the roof of the former J. C. Penney store in Burrell Plaza in Lower Burrell on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.S
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Jonathan Lachman of Greensburg was accused of burglary after police found him and another man on the roof of the former J. C. Penney store in Burrell Plaza in Lower Burrell on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.S

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
 

A vacant store in Lower Burrell is attracting unwanted customers.

Alleged scrap thieves Kevin Mark Foster Jr., 23, of Pittsburgh's Beltzhoover neighborhood and Jonathan Edward Lachman, 24, of Greensburg were arrested on the roof of the J.C. Penney building in Burrell Plaza along Leechburg Road just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, city police said.

Foster and Lachman were in the Westmoreland County jail Wednesday in lieu of $75,000 cash bond each pending preliminary hearings.

Detective Sgt. Scott Cardenas said patrol officers saw a black Jeep Cherokee, thought to be used in several prior burglaries including one at J.C. Penney last Thursday, in a lot near the closed department store.

Police found burglary tools near the loading dock and began to search the building.

After hearing footsteps on the roof, police called Lower Burrell No. 3 firefighters to bring ladders.

Cardenas said he and Detective Sgt. Jason Napier went to the roof and arrested both men without incident.

The men are charged with burglary, trespassing, having instruments of crime, loitering and prowling at night and criminal mischief.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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