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Sharpsburg police recover stolen items

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Victims of recent thefts in Sharpsburg possibly can be reunited with their stolen items.

Police Chief Leo Rudzki said there were at least four thefts in the last month, all from vehicles parked along borough streets.

“We retrieved a substantial amount of items that matched those taken from cars here,” Rudzki said.

Items include GPS units, CDs and credit cards.

“If someone's missing something, call us,” he said.

Rudzki said that police expect to arrest a suspect soon.

“We know who he is and where he is,” Rudzki said. “It's just a matter of going to get him.”

Rudzki said police had the suspect in custody for a short period last week but were unable to hold him on theft charges.

Police, Rudzki said, received a call about a suspicious person loitering on Linden Avenue and arrested that man on an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear for a 2002 assault hearing in the borough. Officers took him to Allegheny County Jail, Rudzki said, but the man posted bail and was released before officers could tie him to the vehicle thefts.

Rudzki said the man had been living out of the borough for several years.

When arrested, he faces four counts of theft and receiving stolen property, Rudzki said.

The chief also had a strong message for residents: “Lock your doors.”

“We have taken so many reports of items missing from cars, and all in question had doors that were left unlocked,” he said.

“It's just an invitation.”

Tuck valuables or other items into the trunk, he said.

Rudzki said he wants residents to call the police station if they had anything taken from their vehicles.

“We want to put people back with their things this week if possible,” he said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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