Couple involved in chase are bicycle theft suspects, police say

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A Baldwin couple at the center of a police chase that ran through the South Hills and ended with a shooting earlier this month have been charged with crimes multiple times in the weeks since the chase.

Earlier this week, Amy Calabrese, 31, was arrested on charges that she attempted to run from Allegheny County sheriff's detectives who tried to arrest her on warrants last Wednesday.

Detectives wrote in a criminal complaint that they learned Calabrese was likely staying at a home on 45th Street in Lawrenceville.

When detectives attempted to arrest her, Calabrese resisted their efforts and instead tried to grab a white plastic bag in her purse that contained pills, the detectives wrote. Inside the purse, they found more than $1,400 in cash, a cell phone and a "white powdery substance," according to the complaint.

Detectives wrote that Calabrese and her boyfriend, Richard DeSabetino, 33, "would locate and steal high end bikes" in "100 separate incidents" in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh police charged Calabrese with theft and receiving stolen property Aug. 18, and charged DeSabetino with theft and receiving stolen property Aug. 11.

Both Calabrese and DeSabetino were being held in the Allegheny County Jail Tuesday. Calabrese did not have an attorney on file. An attorney representing DeSabetino did not return a request for comment.

A Baldwin police officer was seeking Calabrese on a warrant filed by Pittsburgh police in connection with a stolen bicycle Aug. 6 when police spotted and tried to stop DeSabetino. Police said DeSabetino fled, leading officers on a chase that ended in Bethel Park when officers opened fire, injuring DeSabetino.

One police officer was injured when he fell while trying to stop DeSabetino near the Baldwin home.


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

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