Man charged, police still investigating burglaries
A Baldwin Borough man has been charged in connection with a Blossom Road burglary last week, and an investigation continues to determine if he is linked to several others that occurred in the area during the last two and half months, police said.
Allegheny County police charged William Joseph Murphy III, 28, of Baldwin Borough, with criminal trespass, burglary, sale or transfer of firearms and two counts of receiving stolen property on Jan. 4.
A preliminary hearing for Murphy III is scheduled in front of district Judge John Bova on Jan. 29.
Baldwin Borough police began receiving reports of burglaries at homes on Blossom Road and Eileen Drive in mid-October, Chief Michael Scott said. There have been six burglaries at homes — during the day, mostly where doors have been unlocked — since, he said. There were no signs of forced entry in any of the burglaries, Scott said.
Items taken from the homes included change, jewelry and weapons, Scott said.
Police increased patrols in the area, with officers stationed nearby, and neighbors remained vigilant, Scott said.
“The neighbors have really been on the lookout,” he said.
On Friday, a Blossom Drive resident returned home around 5 p.m. and heard noise in the upper floor of his home, police said. A man who was inside the home fled and the homeowner followed suit, the chief said.
The man inside the home, later identified as Murphy III, was seen entering another home in the 600 block of Blossom, Scott said. The homeowner, his mother, gave officers permission to search the residence and Murphy III was taken in by Allegheny County police for questioning, Scott said.
Murphy III also was found in possession of a holster for a gun that had been stolen from one of the homes, the chief said.
Baldwin Borough police received assistance from several area departments including Whitehall, Brentwood and Bethel Park.
Baldwin police are continuing their investigation into the remaining burglaries.
The recent burglaries serve as another reminder for residents to lock their doors — both homes and cars, the chief said.
“This isn't 30 years ago anymore. Even if you're going inside your house for a minute, you should lock your doors,” Scott said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
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.