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Madasyn Czebiniak

A River City Pizza employee is accused of using a hammer to break into the Allegheny Township pizzeria in May and steal about $500.

Police said the girlfriend of Muhammad Imran Hashmi, 20, of Apollo told police that he used the stolen money to buy food and instant lottery tickets, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

Police said Hashmi’s girlfriend and a co-worker cooperated with investigators, as did a man who said he participated in the burglary with Hashmi.

Hashmi was arraigned Tuesday on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Police said they received a report of a burglary involving two men at the Leechburg Road pizzeria May 28.

According to the complaint, one of the suspects smashed the front glass door of the shop and went inside to get a cash box. The other suspect then went into the shop to get a drop safe. Combined, they contained close to $500.

Police said surveillance video of the burglary led investigators to believe it was committed by people who knew where the money was kept. Investigators were given a list of employees, which included Hashm .

Police spoke with Hashmi’s girlfriend, who told them Hashmi came to her house after the burglary and showed her the money he stole, the complaint said.

She told police that Hashmi had been wearing a Steelers sweatshirt during the burglary, which he told her he threw away. The store’s surveillance video showed one of the suspects wearing a Steelers sweatshirt, according to the complaint.

Police went to the store where Hashmi was said to have spent the money and confirmed that he had purchased the aforementioned items there, the complaint said.

A River City employee told police that Hashmi admitted to him that he had burglarized the shop, according to police.

Robert Michael Goldberg told police while he was being held in Armstrong County Jail on unrelated charges that he was involved in the pizza shop burglary, the complaint said. Goldberg said that Hashmi used a hammer to break the front door glass and then went inside and stole the cash box, according to police. Goldberg told police that Hashmi told him he forgot a safe inside, so Goldberg went inside to get it.

Court records showed Goldberg was being held Thursday in Westmoreland County jail on charges including burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property.

A preliminary hearing for Hashmi is set for Aug. 6. A preliminary hearing for Goldberg is set for Aug. 27.

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