Shadyside residents warned about string of burglaries
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Pittsburgh police on Friday warned Shadyside residents to be mindful of who they let into apartment buildings after a rash of burglaries in recent weeks.
Detectives are investigating at least a dozen break-ins since May in which the doors to buildings show no signs of forced entry yet the doors to the units themselves have been pried open with tools, Sgt. Kevin Gasiorowski of the Pittsburgh police burglary squad said.
The burglaries have occurred in a 10-block area that includes the 5700 block of Walnut Street, the 600 block of College Avenue, the 5500 block of Elmer Street, the 700 block of South Negley Avenue and the 600 block of Maryland Avenue.
Items taken included laptops, jewelry, cash, credit cards, GPS systems and iPads.
The burglaries have happened during the day, all while the apartment-dwellers were not home.
In at least one case, a resident told police he saw a man buzzing the doorbell before he fled. Responding officers found the back door to that building propped open.
"Know who you're letting in," Sgt. Gasiorowski said. "Make sure no one is sneaking in behind you."
He asked anyone with information on the break-ins to call the squad at 412-323-7155.
First Published July 7, 2012 12:00 am