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A possible robbery suspect, a gas leak discovered and other items from the Forest Hills police blotter.

A Forest Hills police officer on patrol about 5 p.m. Feb. 12 along Ardmore Boulevard came across a disabled van that was out of gas.

The driver told police that he had a gas can and was going to the Shell station to get fuel. While he was filling up his van, the officer ran his operator's license number through the police car computer.

The man was wanted on an outstanding warrant. After police arrested him, the man was transported to the Forest Hills police station for processing, then to the Allegheny County Jail.

Feb. 13

  • A resident of the 300 block of Marion Avenue called police at 10:43 p.m. to report that a vehicle had been parked outside her residence for an extended period with a white man in his 20s, wearing a striped shirt, inside the car. The man finally exited the car and came up to her front porch, but never knocked at the door. Once back in the car, he drove away on Ogden Avenue toward Lenox.

Feb. 12

  • A Forest Hills officer walked into the Stop & Shop convenience store on Ardmore Boulevard to make a purchase at 12:34 a.m. and was told by the clerks on duty that a man had shown them a weapon and began yelling at them about 15 to 20 minutes earlier. One clerk told police the man did not ask for money and didn't take any items from the store. He left and walked around to the rear exterior of the store, where they lost sight of him. The suspect is described as a black male of average height and medium build, wearing a light gray hoodie with the hood up, darker sweatpants and a black ski mask covering his face. Police said, after viewing surveillance videos, that the suspect pointed a black-colored semi-automatic pistol at one clerk's head and then attempted to conceal the weapon in his pants. Police said he was only in the store about five to six seconds. Police speculate that he left because he thought the clerk had activated a panic alarm. Patrols have been increased in that area.
  • The manager of Woodland Hills EMS on Vine Alley called to report a possible theft of funds.

Feb. 11

  • Wilkins Township police requested the assistance of Forest Hills police with a drug-related arrest at 12:31 a.m. at the Comfort Inn near the Penn Hills exit of the Parkway East. When Forest Hills officers arrived at the scene, they checked the exterior parking lot for discarded narcotics. None were found. Wilkins police took a man into custody.

Feb. 10

  • A resident of Sherwood Road reported the smell of natural gas in the vicinity of Wilkins Road at 4:15 p.m. Fire department officials contacted Peoples Gas Co. after a police officer detected a strong odor.

Feb. 9

  • A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Ardmore and Yost boulevards at 5:32 p.m. There were no injuries.
  • Police received a call at 4:16 a.m. requesting a welfare check for a woman possibly being held against her will on Sumner Avenue. All was fine at the address given by the caller, so police returned her call to ask why she thought the woman was being held there. She said the woman had been in an accident with a man whom she thought lived at that address. Police knew the man lived elsewhere, so they checked his actual address. The woman in question was at that residence and told police that her cell phone had just died.
  • Forest Hills police assisted on a call at 3:47 a.m. to help Braddock police officers, who had two males at gunpoint with one possibly reaching for a weapon inside a vehicle on Fifth Street and Mills Avenue. By the time Forest Hills officers arrived, the Braddock officers had the men in custody.
  • A staff member at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 2336 Ardmore Blvd. called police about 1:33 p.m. to report that a woman was attempting to return a stolen item. The manager told police the woman was waiting at a bus stop at the corner of Yost Boulevard. He said the East McKeesport Rite Aid had reported a bottle of pills valued at $40 was stolen from that store. The woman who attempted to return the pills was identified as a potential shoplifter at the Forest Hills store. Police approached the woman, who said as she attempted to return the pills, the manager informed her he had called police. She told police she left the pills at the store and did not want them back. She admitted to police that she had stolen something from the Forest Hills store last week. Police advised her that she is no longer permitted in the store.
  • Police responded to a report of a retail theft in progress at the Rite Aid Pharmacy. A staff member had pursued a juvenile subject east on Rockwood Avenue on foot. When the employee caught up to the youth at the end of the street, the boy admitted to being put up to the theft by his friends. He told the employee that he'd thrown an electronic headset by the old Rite Aid near the Plaza Shopping Center. The youth helped a Forest Hills officer retrieve the stolen item. An officer advised the boy that if he steals again, he will be arrested and charged. 

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