Police Arrest Oakdale Man In City Trash Can Thefts

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An Oakdale man is facing charges in the theft of 50 trash cans from Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

According to Pittsburgh police, Robert Chauvet has been charged with one count of felony – receiving stolen property. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

The investigation into the thefts, which started in late 2010, has been ongoing for two-months.

Police say about 20 of the 50 stolen trash cans have been found.

Police say Chauvet started stealing the cans last September. Each time, he took them to the recycling plant on Neville Island to sell as scrap metal.

Plant employees say Chauvet used fake names each time he showed up and eventually they became suspicious and asked to see his ID.

They say Chauvet became nervous and took off.

Authorities report that the cost of the thefts, including the actual cost and replacement of the cans, is in excess of $50,000.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 31.

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One Comment

  1. critter says:

    Will not be punished. We are wimps.

  2. Shiro says:

    One count…that’s hilarious considering he stole 50 cans

  3. Noth Fayette Boy says:

    his family was in politics in the Oakdale area… bet they are rolling in the grave now..what an embarrasement

  4. Thomas J Duttine says:


  5. clippit says:

    Why are we paying $1,000 apiece for trash cans?

  6. redrock100 says:

    Its called “democrats”. SPEND SPEND SPEND TAX, TAX, TAX

  7. puppysmurf says:

    How about punishing the people who bought them too. I can’t believe they didn’t know they were buying city or county trash cans.

  8. Charles Bronson Kurzy says:

    I’m glad to see pictures of these criminals.

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