Three men arrested in Heinz Field break-in

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Three men were arrested Sunday morning after police said they scaled a fence to enter Heinz Field.

Shazad Hosi Mehta, 28, of Elmhurst, Ill., Adil A. Minocherhomjee, 22, of La Jolla, Calif., and Neville Noshir Medhora, 27, of Austin, Texas, were charged with criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit criminal trespass.

At around 7 a.m. Sunday, the men were spotted by Heinz Field security attempting to climb Gate B into the stadium, Sgt. Patrick Knepp of the Pittsburgh Police's Zone 1 station said.

The men were unable to climb that gate so they moved to Gate A, where they "used themselves like human ladders" and made it inside the park, Sgt. Knepp said.

Mr. Mehta and Mr. Medhora made it inside the field, while Mr. Minocherhomjee stayed outside the gate. Pittsburgh police were called to the scene, and when they approached the men, they started running across the field. The men were detained at gunpoint, Sgt. Knepp said.

They told police they were trying to get a wallet they had left in Heinz Field.

"The story's not credible," Sgt. Knepp said, since the last game played in Heinz Field was in December.

They were released on $5,000 unsecured bond by magistrate Richard Olasz, Sgt. Knepp said. They are due in city court Thursday morning for a hearing.

Heinz Field's security reported no vandalization or damage to the facility, Sgt. Knepp said. Pittsburgh police have notified the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security about the incident, he said. They have increased patrols on the North Shore around PNC Park, Heinz Field and Rivers Casino.


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