Shoplifter Threatens Loss Prevention Officer With Knife at Edgewood Kmart

Jell-O eater, safe thrower and gun toter are among the calls handled by Edgewood police over the last week.

A woman threatened a Kmart loss prevention officer with a knife on Dec. 7 after attempting to steal two Neutrogena body gel bottles valued at $10.99 each.

The woman fled toward Swissvale and was gone by the time Edgewood police arrived at the scene. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate her.

Dec. 9

  • Edgewood police responded to a report of a man openly carrying a gun at the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre. The man had a Sig Sauer .45-caliber pistol in a leg holster. He was checked but had no criminal record. Police noted he is well known by Avalon police for doing the same thing in that borough.
  • A caller reported lights on in a building in the 600 block of Allenby Ave. Police checked building exterior and made sure all was secure.
  • An intoxicated 22-year-old woman was taken by Eastern Area Prehospital Services to UPMC Presbyterian hospital for further evaluation after she passed out and hit her head in the 1100 block of South Braddock Ave.

Dec. 8

  • Police took a report of a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the Kmart parking lot to a parked vehicle.
  • A victim reported the theft of his wallet at Kmart. The wallet has a value of $10.

Dec. 7

  • A man walked into the Eat'n Park in Edgewood Towne Centre with a box of Jell-O and refused to order any food. He left without incident after Edgewood police arrived, but he refused to talk to the officer.

Dec. 6

  • An employee of Planet Fitness called police to report a fellow employee was threatening her. The person who was harassing her had been terminated.
  • Edgewood police assisted Pennsylvania State Police and Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department with a fully involved vehicle fire on the Parkway East.
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale Police Department with locating a group of men that ran from police in the 2100 block of South Braddock Ave. Edgewood officers helped to set up a perimeter.
  • Police issued four citations to the driver of a disabled motor vehicle carrier that was stopped at the intersection of Race Street and Pennwood Avenue. A police officer from East Pittsburgh conducted a Level 1 vehicle inspection in the parking lot of Edgewood Towne Centre and placed the trailer out of service.
  • A woman kicked a man in the face and threw a safe through a window during a domestic dispute in the 300 block of East Swissvale Ave. She fled the house naked, covered only with a blanket. She was gone by the time police arrived but a warrant was obtained for her arrest. The man was advised about obtaining a protection from abuse order.
  • Police received a call about a suspicious man knocking on a door in the 100 block of West Hutchinson Avenue. Police located and identified the man, who was intoxicated. He was given a ride home.
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale officers handling a report of a man with a gun breaking into a residence in the 2200 block of Hawthorne Ave. When police arrived, the man was on the roof attempting to escape. He was placed under arrest.

Dec. 5

  • A man and a woman have two weeks to pay Giant Eagle $589.99 after they wrote checks that were returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds. According to police, they had also forged the account number at the bottom. The man contacted Giant Eagle personnel about the issue. If the debt is not satisfied at the end of the two weeks, they will face fraud charges. Police noted the case is ongoing.
  • Edgewood police assisted Swissvale officers after a strong arm robbery was reported in the neighboring community. The three suspects—two white, one black—ran down Denniston Avenue toward Collingwood and escaped following the incident. The victim was badly injured, according to the police report.

Dec. 4

  • A woman attempted to steal consumable goods and magazines valued at $104.94 from Giant Eagle. The store will handle the incident through private prosecution.
  • Edgewood police assisted the Port Authority police in locating two young men who were throwing rocks at overhead lights on the East Busway. Edgewood police located the youths and the Port Authority police arrived and proceeded with the investigation.


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