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Handyman Steals Forest Hills Woman's Car, Bank Card

Infant riding without car seat, deer accident among this week's Forest Hills police news.

A resident of Braddock Road reported that her light gray 1995 Dodge Spirit had been stolen by a man who worked for her as a handyman.

She told police the man has used her car to assist her in the past but that someone else was always with him. The man took the car to run some errands for the resident but never returned with it. Her attempt to contact him was unsuccessful.

The man also had her bank card and had used it six times at various locations. The bank froze the card when she explained the purchases were made without her permission. Police and the bank are investigating.

Oct. 17

  • Forest Hills police assisted Braddock Hills police with a call about a burglary in progress at Brinton Manor. The officers checked the area but did not find anything amiss.
  • A man driving westbound on Ardmore Boulevard at 7:59 a.m. felt an impact on the rear driver's side of his vehicle. In the rear view mirror, the man saw a deer, which fled the scene. There were damages to the rear driver's side door and the window was shattered.

Oct. 16

  • A man was observed pulling on the doors of Forest Hills Coffee Company in the 2200 block of Ardmore Boulevard about 4:13 a.m. The man, who claimed to live on Lenox Avenue was extremely disoriented and not making sense. He was transferred by ambulance to UPMC Mercy hospital for further evaluation.

Oct. 15

  • An officer received an anonymous call about a man who regularly picks up a student at East Catholic School. The caller told the officer that on numerous occasions, the man had an infant sitting on his lap or on the center console of his vehicle. The officer observed the vehicle pass him and stopped the drive on Braddock Road. There were two children in the rear seat, one in a forward-facing car seat and the other in a booster seat. Upon questioning, the man admitted to driving without the child in a car seat. The officer advised him if it happens again, he would be charged with recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child.

Oct. 13

  • Police received a call about an injured deer at the ballfield about 7:34 p.m. but they were unable to locate the animal after a search of the area.
  • A woman placed a call to police to complain that a couple inside Jodi B's Restaurant had approached her about purchasing drugs. Police noted that the woman's story kept changing and that what she said didn't make total sense. She appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of medication, the officer noted. As the spoke, the couple in question came out of the restaurant. The officer qustioned them and said they appeared baffled by the claim, saying that the woman had started a conversation with them and had been staggering and falling inside the restaurant. After witnesses in the restaurant said the woman was being loud and backed up the couple's story, the couple was released and the woman sent on her way.

Oct. 12

  • The 911 center received a call about 8:22 a.m. about a suspicious person in the 2000 block of Ardmore Boulevard who was carrying a knife. Police were unable to located the man.

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