Police Investigating Burglary at Sewickley Business

Sewickley Police responded to the following incidents through Wednesday.

A Sewickley business burglarized in September recently fell victim to a second burglary after police said someone broke in and stole about $1,000 in cash and items.

Sewickley police were called Friday to take a theft report at Cuttings, a home and garden store on Locust Place, after owner Jim Price came to work that morning and discovered that someone had stolen money and goods.

Police said $120 in cash, three cameras valued at $700 and an MP3 player were taken.

Police said they noticed numerous drawers pulled open and some merchandise moved around.

Two jars of cherries soaked in brandy were also discovered missing from a shelf. Some of the cherries were on the floor as if someone had been eating them, police said.

Price told police the doors were locked and that none of the windows were broken. Police found an open door.

Allegheny County Police detectives collected evidence and are investigating.

Cuttings was one of three businesses hit during a burglary spree. Police later charged David Jablonksy with theft and other crimes in the Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 thefts.

Police said Jablonsky took $150 from Cuttings, $300 from Yankello’s Video & Audio and $900 from Maria’s boutique. Yankello's and Maria's are on Beaver Street.

Sewickley Police responded to the following recent incidents. Each incident reflects police records and is not an indication of guilt.

Citations issued

Police cited two motorists on Tuesday and had their vehicles towed after separate violations.

At 12:03 a.m., police stopped a sport utility vehicle that Mark Anderson, 51, of Ambridge, was driving on Route 65. Police said a check of Anderson's license plate came back suspended. He was cited, and the vehicle was towed.

Police also stopped a sport utility vehicle that Maria Barenick, 48, of Sewickley, was driving at 4:45 p.m. on Beaver Street after her vehicle's license plate came back suspended, police said. Barenick was cited, and her car was towed.

Suspicious behavior

Police were called at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Broad and Beaver streets for a report of a male talking to three girls who were believed to be 12 years old. Police said it did not appear the girls knew the man and they seemed uncomfortable. Police checked the area but did not find the man. He is described as a tall man with balding gray hair and an olive complexion.

Tractor-trailer cited

Police on Monday noticed a tractor-trailer trying to turn onto Hopkins Street off Broad Street. Police said the truck was blocking the emergency entrance to Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital. Officers stopped the truck that Bernard Berry, 41, of South Carolina, was driving and took the vehicle to the scales in Leetsdale. Police cited the driver.

Speeding complaints

Residents in the area of Colonial Place in Glen Osborne complained to police about speeding vehicles on the road. Police said a car struck one resident’s dog on Feb. 10, but the resident did not call police at the time. Police plan to step up patrols in the area.

Suspicious activity

Police were called Feb. 9 to the 700 block of Nevin Avenue for a report of a man pulling on car doors. Police stopped a man who denied pulling on car doors and stated he was just walking to the store.

Dog complaint

Police were called at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 5 to the 100 block of Centennial Avenue for a report of a dog barking. Officers arrived and parked in the area for five minutes but did not hear a dog barking.

Lock out reported

Police were called Feb. 5 to the 200 block of Chestnut Street for a report of a woman who was not being let inside a home for a Super Bowl party. Police arrived and spoke to the residents who decided they would watch the game together.

Bus crash reported

Police were dispatched to assist state police with a school bus accident at 3:53 p.m. Feb. 3 on River Road in Glenfield. Police said Valley Ambulance and Cochran Hose Co. also responded. State police did not provide additional information about the crash.

Citation issued

Police stopped a Moon Township man on Feb. 2 after he was seen throwing a cigarette outside his car at the traffic light on the Sewickley Bridge.

Police said James Knause, 27, gave a false name and birth date. After officers detained him, police said Knause gave his real name. Police said his license was suspended and he received a citation.

Stolen credit card

Police received a report Jan. 31 that someone stole credit card information belonging to a Glen Osborne woman and purchased three computer backups totaling $1,523. The address was from out of state, and police said the shipment was stopped. Police continue to investigate.


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