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Pitcairn police looking into rash of burglaries

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 3:21 p.m.

Local and county police are investigating a recent string of burglaries in Pitcairn.

“It's a serial burglar,” Pitcairn police Chief Scott Farally said last week.

“It's happening all hours of the day. We're investigating it, which is all we can do right now.”

Police suspect that in recent weeks, the same person or crew burglarized five homes when no one was there.

Borough officials cautioned residents to leave the lights on when they're not home and keep an eye on their neighbors' homes.

“It's all common-sense things that most people know, but we all get lulled into a false sense of security,” said John Bova, who is the founder of the Pitcairn Crime Watch and a member of the borough council.

“There's new people coming in and out of town all the time, and there are people in every town that prey on others.”

Even if a homeowner does not have a home-security system, a sticker on the window or a sign in the yard still might deter most burglars, security specialist Sam Rosenberg said.

“Most burglars aren't sophisticated enough to bypass a home-security system, so they bypass the house that has one,” said Rosenberg, who heads the Academy of Personal Protection and Self Defense, based in Monroeville.

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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