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Cops: Greensburg woman raided hospital's fridge for late-night snacks

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

A Greensburg woman is accused of raiding conference rooms at Excela Health Hospital to obtain late-night refreshments between mid-June until July 3, according to city police.

Katie L. Ziegler, 28, who lives near the hospital on the 600 block of West Pittsburgh Street, was charged with criminal trespass and theft after police say she repeatedly pried open a locked security door in the parking garage after business hours, entering conference rooms and removing multiple items including cans of soda stored in refrigerators.

Patrolman William Newmyer said in an affidvit filed with District Judge Chris Flanigan that Ziegler’s scheme was thwarted July 3 when a security cameras showed “Ziegler prying the doors open and entering the building.”

Newmyer reported in court documents the doors are locked between midnight and 3 a.m., and pedestrian traffic has to enter through the emergency room entrance for security reasons.

“Ziegler has a backpack with her that appears full when she leaves,” Newmyer wrote in court documents.

When questioned recently by Newmyer, Ziegler admitted that she was entering the hospital “to get some free drinks,” court documents said.

Ziegler was charged via mailed summons. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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