Share This Page

Plum police exploring links between recent burglaries

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Plum police have recovered a white sport-utility vehicle they say ran over a woman as it sped from the scene of a burglary.

Police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said the 2012 GMC Acadia was recovered last weekend in a parking lot at the Oak Manor Place apartment complex off Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills, just over the Plum border.

“It is impounded and will be processed,” Armstrong said Monday.

Looking for evidence in the vehicle is part of an investigation into three home burglaries in the borough that occurred during the daylight hours this month, Armstrong said. The vehicle was stolen from a home on Limestone Court in the Rockland Manor plan, off New Texas Road, that was burglarized Feb. 10, he said.

Another burglary occurred at a home on Spring Hollow Court in the Greendale Village plan off Old Leechburg Road on Feb. 12, Armstrong said.

The third burglary occurred at a home in the 1700 block of Grove Crest Drive, also in the Greendale Village plan around 11:45 a.m. Feb. 21, Armstrong said.

Armstrong said cash and jewelry were taken in the burglaries.

Entry was made through a garage door that might not have been locked in the Limestone Court incident, Plum police Detective Ken Farmerie said. A window was broken to gain entry to the home on Spring Hollow Court, and a key hidden near the home was used to enter the home on Grove Crest Drive, Farmerie said.

Police said they think the three burglaries are connected but will not say how.

Plum police Sgt. James Miller said in the Feb. 21 burglary, the homeowner drove up to find an SUV parked in her driveway. She saw that the hatchback was open and knew that no one was supposed to be in the house.

“She confronted him as he came out of the front door,” Miller said.

The burglar ran out of the house, jumped into the SUV and drove around the woman's vehicle, which was partially blocking the driveway, Miller said.

“In the process, he ran over the woman's legs. Fortunately, it apparently wasn't life-threatening,” Miller said.

The woman, who police did not identify, was treated at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Armstrong said.

The woman told police the burglar is about 5 feet, 9 inches, to 6 feet tall and thin.

Miller said the man had neatly-trimmed facial hair and was wearing blue jeans and sneakers.

Armstrong encouraged residents to use common sense when leaving their homes.

“If you're not at home during the day, make sure your home is secure,” Armstrong said. “Turn a TV or radio on to create an illusion that someone is inside, and keep the drapes drawn so no one can see in.”

Residents need to be careful about hiding keys outdoors, the chief said.

Farmerie advised residents to call 911 if they see a vehicle in their driveway that doesn't belong there.

“Don't explore it on your own,” Farmerie said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.