ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police in Elizabeth Township have a bit of a mystery on their hands.

They have recovered construction equipment from some recent burglaries, but now they’re not sure what to do with it.

While some of it has been returned to its rightful owner, police are still trying to determine who the rest of it belongs to.

According to police, the thefts happened, Police at multiple locations Saturday night.

“We believe it was taken somewhere in the area here, because of the large number of pieces there are and how heavy they are. We don’t believe they drove around with those items on the back of the truck for a long period of time,” Elizabeth Township Police Chief Robert McNeilly said.

One of the businesses that was burglarized was Advanced Windows and Doors.

A neighbor noticed two men moving equipment from one truck onto another. Police also know that when they first arrived, they moved a surveillance camera so it would not get a clear shot of their activity.

The neighbor immediately called police.

“He did confront them. He asked them what they were doing and they claimed they were just shifting their load on the truck. And as soon as he said he was calling 911, they jumped in the truck and fled,” Chief McNeilly said.

Elizabeth Township Police Chief Robert McNeilly said John Andrew Perza was caught after a vehicle description was put out, but the other suspect is still at large.

“Within a minute of putting a description out, McKeesport Police spotted the truck and gave pursuit,” Chief McNeilly said. “The vehicle pursuit ended in a foot pursuit and they actually captured the driver.”

Following leads to make a second arrest, police also want to return the equipment that was stolen.

“We have a lot of other equipment that we recovered that we don’t know who it belongs to yet,” Chief McNeilly said.

If you believe any of this equipment could be yours, you are asked to call Elizabeth Township Police. Police said you will need to provide proof of ownership.


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