TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Police: Man claimed to be someone else after Greensburg burglary

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 6:33 p.m.
 

A West Virginia man was charged Tuesday with burglary and impersonating a privately employed person after he attempted to get scrap metal from a Greensburg home destroyed by fire last week, city police said.

Adam Coates, 39, of Morgantown and formerly of Greensburg, further has been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and giving false identification to police.

Coates falsely claimed to be working for a restoration company when police encountered him around 4 p.m. Monday at a West Third Street home gutted by fire the early morning of Jan. 29, authorities said.

Coates further claimed to be another person, police said.

Officers said they found a spoon, hypodermic needle and empty suboxone package in Coates' possession. Suboxone is a drug used to treat opioid dependence.

Coates, who was jailed in lieu of posting $3,500 bond, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

Police say they may charge a second man who was with Coates.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Knife-wielding man attacks 2 in Sheetz lot in Greensburg
  2. Franklin Regional stabbing suspect could leave Pa. for treatment
  3. Bolivar couple charged with endangerment; baby nearly drowned, police say
  4. Butler blasting worker in North Huntingdon water main break put on probation
  5. Ex-clerk convicted of stealing more than $116K from WCCC avoids jail
  6. Fundraising under way for Indiana County newborn struck by stray bullet
  7. Greensburg man pleads guilty to lesser charges in altercation
  8. Youngwood Council to pick solicitor from ‘good mix’
  9. Police: Charges unwarranted for Yough shop class project
  10. Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient
  11. Delmont must address access road for gas station
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.