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3 charged after Jeannette police respond to $25 'burglary in progress' call

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Michael McMurren, 38, of Jeannette
Michael McMurren, 38, of Jeannette

A Jeannette man who called city police to report a burglary “in progress” wound up before a district judge on a criminal charge Monday, according to court documents.

Jeannette Patrolman Frank Balistreri and Lt. Richard O'Neal reported they were summoned to a residence in the 300 block of South Fifth Street about 2:30 p.m. Monday by Reginald Brown, 52, who said a burglary was in progress and a man and woman were trying to forcibly enter his home.

When officers arrived, they spoke with Brown and Florence McMurren, 56, also of Jeannette, according to court documents filed before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

Brown told officers that McMurren and her son, Michael, 38, were attempting to kick in his locked door and alleged Michael “punched the glass out of a screen door” while threatening him.

Michael McMurren had left the scene when officers arrived, police said.

Florence McMurren told police she telephoned her son for help after Brown approached her from behind and “took $25 out of her jacket as she walked on Clay Avenue,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“She stated that Michael and herself walked to Brown's residence to get her $25 back,” Balistreri wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

Police said they interviewed witnesses.

Brown was charged with robbery. Florence McMurren is charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal attempt. Both were released on recognizance bond.

Michael McMurren is charged with burglary, conspiracy, harassment, making terroristic threats, criminal trespass and simple assault and ordered to be held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bond pending a Feb. 22 hearing before DeMarchis.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860.

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