Pittsburgh SUV break-in leads to second man's arrest with marijuana, $40,000 cash

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At first, Pittsburgh police wanted to find David Gehring because someone broke into his GMC Jimmy in Duquesne Heights.

Then detectives said they saw a baggie of marijuana sticking out of his pants pocket. Then detectives lifted up a rock and said they found more bags of marijuana.

And then they went to Mr. Gehring's house in the 600 block of Curtis Street, where the 55-year-old lives with his mother.

Inside, police said they found three quart-sized bags packed with marijuana, $9,500 in cash under a mattress, $36,440 in cash in a lockbox, and a Ziploc bag of marijuana seeds.

It was Tuesday afternoon. Police got 911 calls about a man breaking out windows in a Jimmy parked on Saw Mill Run boulevard near Woodruff Street near the woods at 4:28 p.m.

Not far away, near a BP gas station on Saw Mill Run, detectives saw a man on a bicycle wearing a white tank top and jean shorts and matching the description witnesses gave dispatchers, police said.

"The male observed the police vehicle and began to quickly pedaling away from us," Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard wrote in a press release today.

Detectives started chasing the man on foot as he pulled plastic bags from his pockets and tossed them on the ground. Police identified the man as Thomas Ozoskey, 35, of Pittsburgh.

In the bags, police said, was marijuana.

Mr. Ozoskey told police he broke into the Jimmy because he thought he would find marijuana under the center console, Ms. Richard said.

Which is when detectives tracked down Mr. Gehring.

Police charged Mr. Ozoskey with possession of a small amount of marijuana and criminal mischief.

Mr. Gehring was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com. First Published May 3, 2013 12:15 AM


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