Hill District man charged with stealing thousands from 91-year-old relative

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A Hill District man was arrested today on charges that he stole thousands of dollars from a 91-year-old woman by writing unauthorized checks.

Robert Schatzman, 43, faces 39 counts of forgery and two counts of theft by deception, according to online court records.

Plainclothes detectives from the city’s Zone 2 station began investigating last month, after the woman and a relative came to the station to report that someone was writing checks against her account without her permission, according to a news release from police spokeswoman Diane Richard.

Police later discovered that one of the woman’s relatives did some paid work at her home in August, during which time he likely would have had the chance to access her unused checks, Ms. Richard said.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Mr. Schatzman, she said, after they reviewed 39 unauthorized checks totaling about $13,000 — $9,444.03 of which were made out to Mr. Schatzman.

Members of the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force found Mr. Schatzman hiding beneath a kitchen cabinet in a home in Brighton Heights this morning.

Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information to call the Zone 2 plainclothes officers at 412-255-2827.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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