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Penn Hills police find report of kidnapping 'strange'

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Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

Police are investigating a report that a Penn Hills woman was kidnapped and her car stolen early Monday.

They aren't sure whether the report, which a friend of the woman phoned in around 4 a.m., is legitimate, Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said.

Police can't find the woman or the friend who called.

"The whole thing is strange," Burton said, noting that Allegheny County police are now investigating.

Allegheny County police did not return repeated calls for comment yesterday.

Burton said his department received a call around 4 a.m. from a person identifying himself as a Wilkinsburg resident and friend of the 25-year-old Penn Hills woman. The man told police that she had phoned him to say she was the victim of a carjacking.

Burton said investigators learned from an ex-boyfriend of the woman that she was going to a bar at Station Square on Sunday night.

Burton would not identify any of the people involved.

Neither the woman nor her car was at her home. The car is a white Mercedes Benz with license HTA2044.

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said officers from the Zone 3 station in Allentown assisted West Mifflin police in searching for suspects on Mifflin and Lebanon roads, but she could provide no further information.

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