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Sewickley Police Investigate SUV Vandalism

Police said someone smashed a mirror and put "major" dents in a 2012 sport utility vehicle.

Someone vandalized a 2012 sport utility vehicle Sunday between 12:30 p.m. and 1:55 p.m. while it was parked in a lot in the 400 block of Chadwick Street.

Police said the owner, a Cranberry Township resident, left the lot and was driving the Ford Escape down Route 65 when he realized the passenger side mirror was damaged. When the driver returned to the parking lot to check the damage, he soon discovered the whole passenger side of the vehicle had been vandalized.

Police said the side mirror was smashed, the car had "major" dents on the passenger doors and rear quarter panel and damage to one of the wheels.  

“Loser” was scrawled in marker on the door and a vulgarity was left on the rear panel and wheel well area. Police said the victim was not sure why anyone would want to do this to him. An investigation continues. 

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

Police complaint

Sewickley police recently handled a complaint from a resident who felt officers were overdoing their job.

Police said a resident called Jan. 16 to complain that police were patrolling too much, telling an officer that "everywhere she went today she saw a Sewickley police car," the complaint said.

The resident began feeling the community was no longer safe if such a strong police presence was needed. An officer explained that one of the reasons the community is safe is because of the strong police presence.

Disorderly conduct

Police responded at 7 a.m. Monday to the emergency room at Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital for a report of a man causing a disturbance. Police said the man left after being warned he would be arrested.

Two-vehicle crash

Police responded Saturday to a report of a two-vehicle crash on the Sewickley Bridge at Kramer Street. Police said the crash happened at 6:38 p.m. when Joseph Pelino, 36, of Moon Township abruptly moved from the straight lane to the right turning lane toward Route 65.

Police said Rachel Kuhrt of Pittsburgh crashed her car into the back of Pelino's, sending Pelino’s car onto the sidewlak and into a stop sign. No one was injured, police said, and borough crews planned to set out a temporary stop sign.

Running fire hydrant

Police were called at 6:30 p.m. Friday for a fire hydrant at Chestnut Street and Kramer with water running out onto the street. Police arrived and found workers from the Sewickley Water Authority were working on a busted water line and letting the water run to clean the lines.

Loose pit bull

Police were called Friday for a loose pit bull in the 200 block of Ferry Street. Police arrived and found the dog’s owner had taken the animal. The owner was warned she would be cited for allowing her dogs to run loose.

Burglary report

Police were called Jan. 20 to a Beaver Road home in Glen Osborne for a report of a burglary in progress. The caller saw two people walking around the residence with flashlights. Police arrived and discovered it was the residents and there was no problem there.

Illegally parked truck

Police responded Jan. 18 to the Sewickley Wines and Spirits for a report of an illegally parked U-Haul truck. The driver came back as the officer was in the process of writing the ticket and received  a verbal warning. 

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