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Rostraver police seeking would-be burglar

| Wednesday, June 6, 2001

A would-be house burglar fled yesterday after discovering the elderly residents of the house he was trying to enter near Crawford Lane at 12:29 p.m. were home, Rostraver Township Police Chief Greg Resetar said.

According to Resetar, the residents said the suspect allegedly rang the front doorbell repeatedly before going to the back door to do the same. The couple refused to answer the doorbell.

After fleeing on foot, the suspect returned with an axe in an attempt to gain access through the back door, the elderly couple told police. When the attempted robber saw the couple was home, though, he fled in a dirty white four-door car parked on Crawford Lane, Resetar said.

A house next door was robbed, Resetar said. The attempted burglar is a suspect in that robbery also.

'My concern is what would have happened if she (the homeowner) had answered the front door,' Resetar said.

Resetar said the man could have represented himself to the couple as a utility service man or salesman to gain access to the house. He said anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact police immediately.

Police are looking for a white male in his late teens or early twenties with brownish-blond hair and medium build. The suspect was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with gold lettering, a lighter colored long sleeve shirt underneath, a black baseball cap turned backwards, and wrap-around sunglasses, Resetar said. The suspect was also clean-shaven, he said.

The suspect fled in a white four-door compact car that resembled a Honda.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the automobile or anyone who experienced someone ringing the doorbell repeatedly should contact Rostraver Police at 929-8811.

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