TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Rooftop burglars nabbed at former department store in Lower Burrell

Daily Photo Galleries

AlleKiski Valley Photo Galleries

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read AlleKiski Valley

  1. NK grocery store robbed
  2. Stop nets 3 men on gun, drug charges in New Kensington
  3. September ranks with driest ever in Western Pa.
  4. Leechburg Area’s anti-bullying effort shows youngsters how to be BRAVE
  5. Gunfire plagues New Kensington
  6. Rock Airport closes temporarily
  7. Arnold man charged after 20-mile chase
  8. Native Americans honor rich heritage at Indiana Township pow wow
  9. Chamber of Commerce puts Tour de StrongLand on ‘hiatus’
  10. Comcast relocates tech hub to Lower Burrell facility
  11. Harrison man accused of selling drugs near Leechburg Area High School
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.