A Coraopolis man accused of distracting merchants and stealing more than $1,000 from several Sewickley businesses was arraigned Friday night on two felony counts of burglary.
David Jablonsky, 24, is also charged with two felony counts of trespass and two misdemeanor counts of theft.
Sewickley Police Chief James Ersher said Jablonsky was picked up Thursday in Economy, Beaver County, for another burglary attempt.
A woman returned home to find Jablonsky inside her home ransacking the place, police said.
Sewickley Police Sgt. Dave Mazza said Jablonsky ran from the residence, but the homeowner recognized him as the person living in an apartment next door.
Mazza said Economy police located Jablonsky and the woman identified him as the person she found in her home. He was taken to the police station, where Economy police discovered several outstanding warrants for his arrest had been issued in Allegheny County.
Mazza said Jablonsky admitted to police that he was responsible for several thefts in Sewickley's business district, where police said Jablonsky went to several stores between Sept. 24 and 26 attempting to distract employees before stealing cash.
Yankello’s Video & Audio at 613 Beaver St. reported $300 was taken Sept. 24 from a bank pouch in a back office. Another $900 was reported stolen Sept. 26 from Maria’s boutique on Beaver, and $150 was stolen from Cuttings on Locust.
"He enters the stores, starts a conversation with the employee and waits for his opportunity to grab whatever he can and then leave the store," Mazza told Patch.
Maria Mickey, owner of Maria’s clothing boutique said the burglar was “very, very slick" in his tactics. She and other business owners were able to give police a detailed description. Police said he targeted other businesses but left empty-handed.
Police were able to obtain an image of a suspect from surveillance video, which was circulated on the news and to area police departments.
Ersher said several people recognized his photo and came forward. Police were able to match the surveillance image to Jablonksy's driver's license photo. Officers also had Jablonsky's fingerprint, Mazza said.
Jablonsky has an extensive criminal history, and was most recently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, according to court documents. The charges were reduced, and Jablonsky was released from jail on Sept. 10, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25.