Pittsburgh police accuse man in six Mount Washington burglaries

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A Pittsburgh man broke into six Mount Washington houses during the day while residents were away at work or out of town, police said today, stealing jewelry, electronics, cash and a Duquesne University class ring.

Jason Hoffman, 33, was already in the Allegheny County Jail on a separate burglary charge from the Upper Saint Clair at the time of his arrest, Pittsburgh police said in a press release.

Mr. Hoffman remains in the jail and is charged with six counts of burglary and six counts of theft by unlawful taking.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 19.

Pittsburgh burglary detectives interviewed Mr. Hoffman March 1. Police said he implicated himself in the six Mount Washington burglaries between October 2012 and December 2012.

He entered the homes on Norton Street, Rutledge Street and Southern Avenue by forcing side and rear doors and windows and stole jewelry, tools, cash and electronics, police said.

On Feb. 27, Upper Saint Clair police arrested Mr. Hoffman in connection with a burglary there.

Inside his vehicle, police said they found several items believed to be stolen, including a Giant Eagle Advantage card and Duquesne class ring, which they believe belong to residents he stole from in Pittsburgh.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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