Two churches were theft victims last week.
Cash donations were reported stolen from the money box at SS. Simon & Jude Church, Greentree Road, between noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 26. The theft was discovered early the following afternoon.
On Nov. 28, a small amount of money was reported stolen from a locked box at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church on Lindsay Road. That theft took place between 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and noon Nov. 27.
Sgt. Steve Fury said there is a suspect in one of the burglaries, but no one has been arrested. He also said the thefts do not seem to be connected.
• Alexander R. Sinclair, 19, of McDonald, was charged Nov. 30 with two counts each of robbery and simple assault after being accused of stealing $260 worth of trading cards and a backpack at Wal-Mart, and then assaulting two employees while fleeing the store.
Police said they located the suspect a short time later and also charged him with retail theft and reckless driving.
He was taken to Allegheny County Jail and faces a preliminary hearing before District Justice Gary Zyra of Scott at 1:30 p.m. today.
• Warrants are expected against three persons in connection with a Nov. 29 "prank" at the Pizza Hut on Greentree Road where a man has been accused of discharging a fire extinguisher inside the restaurant, then picking up the cash register and throwing it on the floor. Some employees with asthma were affected by the dry chemical substance in the fire extinguisher, police said.
Jeremiah Jordheim, 18, and Jacob Stewart, 19, both of Pittsburgh, will face charges of robbery, conspiracy, recklessly endangering another person, assault, and false reports to law enforcement, police said.
A witness who had been asked to videotape the incident with her cell phone, Debra Vorbau, 19, also of Pittsburgh, is expected to be charged with false reports to law enforcement, police said.
Sgt. Steve Fury, who was one of the investigating officers, said the restaurant had to be shut down for a day to be cleaned and that all disposable products had to be thrown out because of contamination.
He estimated damages at $5,000.