Pittsburgh police officers subject of internal probe after Eat’n Park incident

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Two veteran Pittsburgh police officers are the subject of an internal police investigation looking into why they left their neighborhood station and were near an Eat’n Park around the time it was robbed last week.

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler would not name the officers but said they remain on normal duty.

Sources identified the officers as David Legleitner, 45, who joined the force in 2003, and Donna Szablewski, 55, who joined the force in 2005.

Officer Legleitner declined comment. A man who answered the door at Officer Szablewski’s home said she was not available and she did not respond to an additional inquiry.

Pittsburgh police confirmed this week that they were investigating why the officers left the Zone 2 station in the Hill District where they work and were instead in Banksville when an Eat’n Park there was robbed. That area is typically covered by officers in the Zone 6 station on the West End.

Officials said the investigation also looks at what actions the officers took when they learned of the robbery.

Officers from the Zone 6 station were called to the Eat’n Park about 2 a.m. Thursday for a report that a man wearing a fake red beard had just robbed the restaurant. Police said he stole a few hundred dollars, some of which he dropped as he fled.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com.


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