Tag: Theft



Hill community taking stand against ‘boosters’

TAKING A STAND—Bartender Latika Pamplin and Pittsburgh police officer Brenda Tate pose with signs on the Black Beauty Lounge’s windows, warning shoplifters never to come inside. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Within hours of the Hicks family opening their SHOP ‘n SAVE in the Hill District in the 1980s, boosters were selling cartloads of merchandise two blocks away. Add to that the employees “giving away” huge quantities of inventory and the store failed in short order; killing any chance of revitalizing the Hill for 30 years. The term “booster,” said Pittsburgh Police Spokes­person Diane Rich­ard, is a professional shoplifter, as opposed to, say, a teenager taking a pack of gum.



Nate Harper pleads guilty

Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper, right, walks past news photographers as he arrives at Federal Court where he pleaded guilty on federal charges on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former city police Chief Nathan Harper pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.



Washington Pa. shopper killed while chasing bank robber

An image form a surveillance video released by the South Strabane Township Police shows a robbery Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle at Strabane Square in South Strabane Township, Pa., by a man in a floppy hat. The suspect fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police said. (AP Photo/Observer-Reporter, Mike Jones) WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania bank robber fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police said. South Strabane Township police identified the dead man as Vincent Kelley, 46, of Washington, Pa. Kelley and his friend Jared Cameron, 21, were shopping at the Giant Eagle in Strabane Square when police said the man robbed an in-store Citizens Bank branch about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “I saw him with his umbrella open, and it looked suspicious. It caught my eye,” Cameron said of the robber. “I just kind of ignored it for a minute and then I heard a scream from the bank.”