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Police look to link charged pair to other vandalism in Plum

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Plum Police SUV
Mike DiVittorio
Plum Police SUV

Plum police charged two 18-year-olds with vandalism and are trying to determine if they are behind a rash of incidents in which rocks and other items were thrown at houses and cars last month.

Noah Whanger of North Apollo and Alexander Terrell of Plum are charged with propulsion of missiles, criminal mischief, harassment and two counts of recklessly endangering another person in connection with an Oct. 21 incident, according to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Linda Zucco. Whanger is also charged with careless driving.

Arrests were made after witnesses told police they saw the pair drive by and throw a rock at a car, damaging its taillight, while it was parked in the driveway of a home along the 600 block of Blue Ridge Drive. Witnesses identified Terrell and the passenger who threw the rock, the complaint said. Another witness said he followed the pair and got the license plate number of the car they were driving for police. Police said Whanger owns the car.

Whanger and Terrell confessed to the crime and offered to pay for the damage they caused, but the owner of the damaged car declined the offer and asked for prosecution to continue, court documents said.

Preliminary hearings for Terrell and Whanger are scheduled Jan. 10 in front of Zucco.

Police Chief Jeff Armstrong said the department is investigating whether the pair can be charged in similar incidents. Police received at least seven reports of vandalism in the area last month:

• Windows broken at a home on Surfside Drive and windshields smashed on Mardi Gras Drive, Saltsburg and Abers Creek roads, Oct. 15.

• Car window shattered, possibly by a BB gun, while parked along the 500 block of Deborah Jane Drive, Oct. 27.

• Car window smashed while parked at a business along the 700 block of Unity Center Road, Oct. 28.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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