SCOTTDALE (KDKA) — Two brothers from Scottdale arrested in connection with a string a vehicle break-ins were in court.
Christopher and Dylon Prolenski are now headed for trial after waiving their preliminary hearing on charges they broke into 32 vehicles.
Dylon Prolenski is also charged with breaking into the home of a man who recently died.
Heather Hixson, one of the victims, showed up at the hearing. The wheelchair of her 6-year-old son, Ian, was damaged and medical supplies were stolen.
Ian has cerebral palsy and was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Hixson said it was important for her family to be there.
“So that they can see who we are and always have a vision of Ian’s photo in the back of their brain,” she said.
“I’m hoping that they’ll have a little bit of remorse,” Hixson continued. “They didn’t have any whenever they came out of the hearing a few days ago and it’s just a shame.”
The Hixson family wore T-shirts that said: “Pittsburgh Loves Ian.” People have donated more than $16,000 to a pay-it-forward website to help pay for his medical expenses.
A fundraiser is also scheduled for next Tuesday evening at SingSing at the Waterfront.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Hixson said. “I can’t even have the words to explain how I feel right now.”