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Thieves Take Items from Two Cars in Forest Hills

One car was parked on Avenue L, the other on Pacific Avenue, when the thefts occurred Dec. 30.

Thieves broke into two cars on Dec. 30 in two adjacent neighborhoods in Forest Hills.

An Irwin resident called Forest Hills police at 8:38 a.m. after someone broke into her car while it was parked on Avenue L. The thief or thieves threw a cement block through the car's window to gain entry. The woman told police that they took her purse but left the wallet with money, credit cards and several hundred dollars worth of gift cards in the car.

Her purse was found a few doors down and all the belongings were tossed out but nothing appeared to be missing. After a better check of the car, the woman said she also was missing a pair of $1,000 earrings. There also was damage the front windshield of the car, the armrest, the controls on the center console—and the frame was bent.

About 10 minutes later, police received a second call from an Asheville, NC resident whose car was broken into while it was parked in the 500 block of Pacific Avenue. The woman told police that someone had broken out her front passenger-side window. The thief took an overnight bag containing clothes and various items. A bike in the backseat was left in the car.

Jan. 2

  • Forest Hills police assisted Churchill Borough and Pennsylvania State Police with a rollover accident at 1:42 a.m. on the Parkway East eastbound near the Greensburg Pike exit. The driver fled the scene on foot following the crash.
  • A two-vehicle crash with no injuries was reported on Yost Boulevard at the Plaza Shopping Center at 9:40 a.m. Both units were towed by Alley-Rate Towing.
  • Police were called to a house on Kenmore Avenue at 5:59 p.m. for a report of a man attempting to steal money from the resident. The resident has called police several times recently to report the man. The man was gone before police arrived.
  • Police responded to a domestic argument between a couple on Fairfax Avenue. Police planned to charge the male with simple assault and harassment.

Jan. 1

  • At 12:45 a.m., police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at a house in the 300 block of Lenox Avenue. Officers observed several cups, beer cans and an odor of alcoholic beverages upon arrival.Four individuals were under the age of 21. According to the police report, three of them were highly intoxicated, exhibiting slurred speech, glassy and bloodshot eyes and having trouble walking. All four were taken to the Forest Hills police station. One woman said she lived at the apartment with her boyfriend but that he and another roommate were not present. The woman was cited and released to the custody of her father on the condition that they not return to the apartment until the next day. Officers from other departments showed up to assist Forest Hills police with the call. A Wilkins Township officer slipped down 11 steps that were wet from the snow being tracked inside, injuring his left shoulder and lower back. At 3:28 a.m., police were called back to the apartment for a domestic incident between the woman, and her father and boyfriend. She was taken to the police station, charged with simple assault and harassment and then transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

Dec. 31

  • A resident called to report a barking dog about 9:53 p.m. in the 200 block of Forest Hills Road. An officer contacted the owner, who brought the dog in.
  • Several motorists called police about 10:03 p.m. to report a deer hit by a car in the 1700 block of Ardmore Boulevard. Police responded to the scene but the deer was gone.

Dec. 30

  • A Legrande Drive resident reported a sick deer in her backyard. When police arrived, they found a large deer lying against a fence. The officers determined the deer was either sick or injured. The deer was destroyed and public works was notified to remove it from the yard.
  • Several motorists called police about 11:14 p.m. to report a dead deer in the roadway in the 1900 block of Ardmore Boulevard. Police located the animal, which had been moved to the median, and the public works crew was notified to remove it. On Jan. 2, a man came to the station to report that he had struck the deer and had contacted his insurance company.
  • A Lenox Avenue resident called police at 1:29 a.m. to report that her neighbors were having a domestic disagreement and that she could hear things being thrown around the apartment. When the officer arrived, the couple told him they were arguing over an electric bed. 
  • Police responded to a domestic argument at a home on Park Ridge Place where the couple had broken up. The officers advised both parties.

Dec. 29

  • A resident of the 500 block of Barclay Avenue called police at 1:34 p.m. to report that a hit-and-run vehicle had struck the rear of her 2009 Nissan Altima that was parked legally in front of her residence. There was visible damage the the passenger side rear quarter panel and rear bumper. Officers advised her to notify her insurance company. 
  • A resident of Avenue A called police about 10:18 a.m. to report that a man forced his way into the residence behind a woman and got into a physical altercation with him. The resident said the man ripped a phone from a wall, damaging an electrical outlet, took batteries to a cordless phone and grabbed a hammer, which he used to threaten the resident. An officer at the scene noted damage to an electrical outlet and plate cover. The man was cited by mail for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
  • An officer responded to a call about a man banging on the door of a house on Kenmore Avenue at about 3:05 p.m. While the resident was on the phone with the dispatcher, he reported that the man was also vandalizing his vehicle. The man took off in an older-style Buick Century. The resident told police he knew the man but hadn't seen him for a year. The resident was told to call police again if the man returned.

Dec. 28

  • A resident of Demmer Avenue came to the station and reported that about noon, she had been shoveling snow off the sidewalk on the side of her house when she heard a minor crash. She went to the front and found a blue Toyota SUV partially in her front yard. She noticed that her hedges had been damaged. The man driving the car, white and in his late 40s, told the resident he was taking a female passenger to work and that he'll stop back. The resident copied his license number down. He had not returned as of Dec. 29. An officer ran the license plate, located the owner and showed a photo of him to the resident. The suspect, a North Braddock resident, was issued a vehicle code citation by mail. 

Dec. 27

  • A parking space that had been cleared of the snow caused a dispute in the 500 block of Ogden Avenue about 6:16 p.m. A man who owns the property was showing an apartment to a prospective renter when a neighborhing resident returned home and found the prospective renter had parked in the cleared space. The neighbor began honking his horn and yelling, and a verbal disagreement ensued. An officer at the scene advised the two men.

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