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Recent burglaries

Here's a rundown of recent burglary reports in Monroeville and Pitcairn. Not all reports of burglaries handled by Monroeville dispatch result in investigations because they could be false alarms or miscategorized by callers:

• June 10 on Broadway Boulevard in Pitcairn.

• June 11 on Rosecrest Drive in Monroeville.

• June 13 on Bert Drive in Monroeville.

• June 13 on Third Street in Pitcairn.

• June 14 on Monroeville Boulevard in Monroeville.

• June 16 on Short Street in Pitcairn.

• June 19 on Cottonwood Drive in Monroeville.

• June 19 — two burglaries on Bert Drive in Monroeville.

• Saturday — attempted burglary on Monroeville Boulevard.

• Saturday on Third Street in Pitcairn.

• Sunday on Grandview Avenue in Monroeville.

Also, on June 16, a resident visited Monroeville police station to report a burglary. The location of that incident was not available.

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A teen was charged in connection with a June 11 burglary after a “vigilant neighbor” called police, Monroeville police Chief Steve Pascarella said.

The suspect, whose name and hometown haven't been made public by police, is accused of kicking in a basement window on Rosecrest Drive at about 5 p.m. Pascarella said the teen was in the house when police arrived.

The suspect was 17 years old at the time of the arrest and was charged in juvenile court, Pascarella said.

There has been a rash of burglaries in the area. Monroeville police have investigated seven residential burglaries over the past 30 days, Pascarella said.

Police were searching for an older green sport-utility vehicle this week in connection with three recent burglaries on Bert Drive, Pascarella said. Police said those three break-ins were executed similarly.

“The crimes appear to be focused on items that can be quickly resold for cash,” Pascarella said.

Despite the recent incidents, Monroeville police have been alerted to significantly fewer burglaries than this time last year. By the end of June 2012, police had responded to more than 60 burglary reports, Pascarella said. So far this year, that number is 21 burglaries, he said.

“The numbers are below average, but we need residents to continue to watch out for their neighbors and report suspicious persons and vehicles.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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