Man accused of break-in to stand trial
A North Huntingdon man who is accused of leading police on a chase through the Hahntown section of the township after breaking into a woman's home and stealing almost $3,000 worth of jewelry will head to trial.
Kyle Vincent Hook, 25, of Lilac Street, North Huntingdon, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Oct. 9. North Huntingdon police charged him with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, flight to avoid apprehension and resisting arrest.
Police were called to Tinkers Run Park to search for Hook after he fled from a domestic dispute around 2 p.m. on Aug. 9. While police were searching the area, they received a report of a burglary of a home on Rose Street. A man described in the incident matched the physical appearance and clothing description of Hook, according to court documents.
Police said Hook entered the home while the owner was outside in her garden.
The woman confronted Hook before he fled out her front door into a wooded are behind her home, police said. The woman told police several pieces of jewelry, valued at $2,800, were missing from her bedroom.
North Huntingdon police spotted Hook moving away from the woman's home, but lost sight of him in the wooded area, according to court documents.
A state police helicopter hovered over Tinkers Run Park to search the area. Officers spotted Hook lying in the heavily wooded area and alerted crews on the ground to the area, according to court documents.
Officers began approaching Hook from multiple directions when he attempted to get up and flee, police said.
While searching Hook, police found several pieces of jewelry hidden in his pants and seized them. The woman who reported the missing jewelry identified the pieces as her own, police said.
There were six warrants from various departments out for Hook at the time of the burglary and search, police said.
A formal court arraignment for Hook has not yet been set.
An additional criminal trespass charge against Hook on an unrelated incident was dropped because the arresting Irwin police officer failed to appear in court Wednesday.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.