Three Youths Go on 'Shopping Spree' at Edgewood Towne Centre Giant Eagle

The youths rode motorized shopping carts through the store Sept. 27, causing damage.

An incident on Sept. 27 at the Edgewood Towne Centre Giant Eagle gives new meaning to the words "shopping spree."

Three youths were riding motorized shopping carts through the store, damaging freezer doors and a cart. They were transported to the Edgewood police station and police contacted their parents.

Police issued two citations for criminal mischief and the youths will have to make restitution to the store for the damage.

Oct. 1

  • Police had a walk-in complaint about the theft of a debit card from the ATM in the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre.
  • The Giant Eagle store owner was approached by a customer who reported a man had taken a shopping cart inside the bathroom. Police identified the man and, with the owner, checked the cart. The man told police he had taken the cart in with him because his child had to use the facility.
  • A resident of the 100 block of West Hutchinson Avenue reported that a black male about 6 feet tall, wearing a white jersey, knocked on the door and began to walk away. The homeowner asked the man what he was doing and he replied that he had the wrong house, then fled. He was gone before police arrived.

Sept. 29

  • Edgewood police were called to Eat'n Park in Edgewood Towne Centre by the manager, who asked officers to remove a man inside the restaurant who was yelling and screaming. The man was advised by police.
  • Police took a man to the station when he failed field sobriety tests after a traffic stop in the 1200 block of South Braddock Avenue. He was released with no charges, though, after tests showed he was below the legal limit for alcohol in his system.

Sept. 28

  • A man was caught stealing $35 from the cash drawer at Planet Fitness in Edgewood Towne Centre. According to police reports, video surveillance also shows him taking the money. A charge of theft by unlawful taking was filed by mail.
  • A man fell and hit his head off the curb in front of the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre. The medics transported him to UPMC Shadyside.
  • Police report that nothing was taken from a home in the 300 block of Locust Street after an alarm went off. The back door was found open but no one was home and nothing appeared broken into. The residence was locked after police cleared the house.
  • Police conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Greendale Avenue and found the driver had no driver's license and that the car did not have a current inspection or emissions sticker.
  • A caller reported a suspicious male standing outside a black Honda, jiggling the handle, then jumping and driving off from in front of the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre. Police reports indicate that no one has reported a vehicle with that description or license plate number as stolen.

Sept. 27

  • A man placed a bottle of Bacardi rum under his shirt at the Wine & Spirits store in Edgewood Towne Centre but gave it back when confronted by store employees. He was gone before police got to the scene. 
  • A loose pit bull was detained by police at the Wendy's in Edgewood Towne Centre and was picked up later by Triangle Pet.
  • A woman was arrested after a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot outside the Giant Eagle in Edgewood Towne Centre. A constable observed the woman run over a car, then drive away. The constable followed the car then boxed it in on Greendale Avenue. The woman failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of .197 percent. The legal limit is .08.

Sept. 26

  • Police report that a gun was found in the 500 block of Greendale Avenue, laying in the grass near the sidewalk. Police said the 9mm Glock was fully loaded.
  • Edgewood police assisted Wilkinsburg Police Department with a reported child abduction involving child custody. The suspect's vehicle was stopped by state police in front of the Edgewood Borough building. The information was verified by Wilkinsburg police.
  • A 16-year-old student at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf suffered a head injury while playing soccer. The student was transported to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for treatment.
  • A resident of the 1200 block of South Braddock Avenue called police because he thought a debt company was a fake company that had his Social Security number. Police determined the company was real and the man was referred to the magistrate to find out the statute of limitations on defaulted loans.


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JustMe October 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I was in Giant Eagle in Edgewood TC last night. There were five youths running around the store bouncing basketballs and creating havoc and screaming, yet nobody, including the police offer at the front of the store, confronted them. I was appalled that everyone turned a blind eye.


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