SCOTTDALE (KDKA) — Credit cards led police to make an arrest in a rash of car burglaries in Westmoreland County.
More than 40 vehicles were targeted by at least one thief over a four-day period.
Barry Brooks’ van was parked on Georges Street in Scottdale when it was hit.
“As far as I know, driver’s license, a couple of membership cards, three bank cards, there was $20 in cash,” he said.
Police say GPS units, radios and other valuables were taken from other vehicles.
Thefts were reported on Chestnut and Market Streets, Third and Walnut Avenues in addition to Fountain Mills Road.
Police say credit cards stolen in the thefts were used at the Walmart and Get Go in East Huntingdon.
“It’s just the fact that somebody else has been into your vehicle without your permission and some of your property’s gone and you don’t know where it could possibly end up or what information could be obtained from what they did get from me,” Brooks said.
Patrick Rosenberry, 18, was arrested on Sunday and charged with many of the thefts.
His arrest came after police responded to a domestic between Rosenberry and his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Dollar General in Mount Pleasant.
Police noticed credit cards in Rosenberry’s possession bore the names of victims in the recent thefts.
Rosenberry is now charged in those thefts as well as in the assault of his girlfriend. He may also be charged with additional car break-ins in neighboring towns, including Connellsville and Everson.
He was arraigned Monday and placed in the Westmoreland County Jail on a total of $50,000 straight cash bond.