A Homewood man is awaiting arraignment this morning on charges that he stole thousands of dollars' worth of leather coats, laptops and other items from businesses across Allegheny County.
Jeffrey Nash, 41, faces 55 counts including burglary, theft, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person after police said he led them on a chase throughout North Versailles and East Pittsburgh.
In a criminal complaint, Allegheny County police tied Nash -- and in some cases an unidentified co-conspirator -- to burglaries at a minimum of nine locations throughout Pittsburgh, Shaler and other parts of the county.
Police said Nash stole more than $18,000 worth of leather jackets from Three Rivers Harley Davidson in Shaler and quoted him as sending text messages saying, "Yo I got brand new Harley Davidson leather coats 50 % off various styles and sizes."
They wrote in the complaint that he also stole iPads, laptops, TVs, a gift card and liquor from places such as CJ's night club, a Giant Eagle in Crafton, BarkleyREI, P&W BMW, a Goodwill computer store and other locations.
In one instance, police quoted him as texting with someone about a payment plan.
Nash is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on June 7.
Court records show that he is awaiting formal arraignment in another burglary case and has previous convictions on charges of simple assault, forgery and theft.
Police from Pittsburgh, North Versailles, Crafton, Indiana Township, Shaler and Bellevue as well as investigators from the Allegheny County district attorney's office assisted county police with this latest arrest.
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