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Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The news that there has been what Pittsburgh police are calling “a dramatic increase in burglaries” in Sheraden worries residents who are working hard to make the community a better place to live and raise a family.

“It upsets me because we do have a lot of police presence in the area,” said Ginny Hamer-Kropf, president of the Sheraden Community Council. “They work closely with us. Sheraden is doing a lot of positive things. It's very upsetting.”

There have been 17 burglaries since March 1 in Sheraden, according to an alert city police Cmdr. Scott Schubert sent to residents on Tuesday.

Thieves have made off with guns, electronics, jewelry, cash, prescription medication, televisions and even a clothes dryer.

The burglaries occur at all hours, almost always when the resident is not or does not appear to be at home.

A resident of Pritchard Street was knocked unconscious on March 26 when he arrived home about 7:15 a.m., saw an open window and started to walk down the steps to investigate, Schubert said.

Another resident was inside his home on Tuxedo Street when a burglar forced his way in through a rear door on April 9, the commander said.

There has been one arrest.

Christopher Cumbie, 23, no address available, is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Pittsburgh Municipal Court on charges of burglarizing a home on Oetting Street on April 8 and making off with money and prescription medication.

City burglary detectives continue to investigate the other break-ins.

“The best thing residents can do is look out for one another,” Schubert said.

“They know the neighborhood better than anyone else. If you see anything suspicious, let us know. Call 911. Get a description and a clothing description. Keep an extra eye on abandoned homes, homes for sale and places where you know the owner is at work or on vacation.”

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or

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