Police searching for man who stole $113,000 worth of jewelry from Squirrel Hill home
By Margaret Harding
Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 10:57 a.m.
A music producer said on Thursday that a friend he has known for years stole $113,000 worth of jewelry and other items from his Squirrel Hill home.
“He definitely betrayed me,” said Isaac Cameron, 21. “He lost a real good friend.”
Pittsburgh police have not filed charges in the case and said they have a suspect but did not release his name. Cameron said Thursday evening that he has recovered the stolen items.
He told police Wednesday that he picked up his friend in McKees Rocks early that morning and brought him to his home on Denniston Street. Cameron said he was eating breakfast with a date at Ritter's Diner on Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield while the man was at his house.
The man took jewelry and other items that were in Cameron's bedroom, he said, put them into a gold backpack and left the home.
“He walked right past my mom,” Cameron said. “She was still groggy because she just woke up.”
Cameron, who reported the incident shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, told police the man took 19 pieces of jewelry, including a gold crucifix, a Jesus Christ head with diamonds on a long chain, a Bentley medallion chain and other items. He said the man also stole prescription medication and his laptop computer, which had “rap beats” used by famous artists, police said.
Cameron described himself as an independent music producer and engineer who has worked with artists from Pittsburgh, including Wiz Khalifa.
“I make beats for a lot of artists,” said Cameron, who attended Taylor Allderdice High School.
Representatives for Khalifa, who graduated from Allderdice in 2006, could not be reached.
Officers at the Squirrel Hill station are familiar with Cameron. In July 2010, police used two sets of handcuffs to restrain him when he threatened his stepfather with what appeared to be an AK-47 and threatened to kill officers, according to a criminal complaint. He was committed to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for that encounter, and in April 2012, he pleaded guilty to simple assault and possession of a criminal instrument charges. He was sentenced to probation and anger management classes.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com.
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