TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


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

Monessen burglary suspect caught in ceiling crawl space

Robert Welch of Monessen arrested Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2013
By The Valley Independent
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Monessen man is in jail after police responded to a break-in and found him hiding in a ceiling crawl space.

Monessen police said Robert Welch, 35, of 105 Reed Ave., allegedly broke into an abandoned Reed Avenue residence around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to steal copper tubing.

Officer Jim Franks was the first to respond and heard power tools being used as he approached the house, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Franks entered the house through a window that had been forced open and unlocked a door to let in police Chief John Mandarino, officer Aaron Thompson and K-9 officer Uri.

Police said they went upstairs and saw copper tubing and tools on the floor. Mandarino then saw a crawl space in one of the walls. K-9 officer Uri indicated someone was inside the crawl space.

With Mandarino keeping watch, the other three officers went downstairs and Franks stood on a table, looked into the open drop ceiling and saw Welch allegedly squeezed inside the cramped space.

Welch then crawled out of the space and was placed under arrest, police said.

He was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass, arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen and sent to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $10,000 cash bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6 in front of Dalfonso.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Mon Valley

  1. Cal U offers only undergrad degree in gerontology in Pa. system
  2. West Overton museum plans 3rd trip of year to Gettysburg
  3. Coyle Theater is back in the spotlight
  4. Belle Vernon adds 5 to football hall of fame
  5. Plea agreement offered in Monessen stun gun case
  6. Charleroi woman, 84, dies after Monessen crash
  7. 2 nabbed for drugs by Monessen police
  8. Residents hear about Fallowfield development plans
  9. Donora mayor retiring, not giving up
  10. Reader requests more from ’44 on ‘This Day’ journey
  11. Saxberg returns to Belle Vernon council
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.