PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The man and woman accused of burglarizing a pastor’s Ross Township home are now in jail.
Police say they found 28-year-old Jessica Hirth and her boyfriend 26-year-old Jeremiah Kelly with a stolen car at a 7-Eleven off of Route 8 in Butler Saturday.
Hirth and Kelly were easily tracked down because the car they allegedly stole from Shaler Township was equipped with OnStar, which police used to track the vehicle’s location.
The couple is accused of ransacking Pastor Michael Guthrie’s Ross Township home and stealing a number of possessions that belonged to his late son, including a gun.
Hirth is also Guthrie’s neice.
Friday night, police arrested Kelly’s mother, Teresa Lenz, on the accusation that she helped him and Hirth run from police.
“They’ve taken my dead son’s possessions,” Guthrie said. “I said, ‘I gotta talk to her now.’ And the mother said, ‘No, she’s not here. I haven’t seen her for months.’”
Guthrie, who is a pastor at Cornerstone Church, was presiding over a several hours-long service Christmas Eve when his house was burglarized.
Guthrie says Hirth and Kelly have drug problems. He also says, ironically, that the day before the burglary, the family had talked about having an intervention with Hirth.
Hirth and Kelly are being held in the Butler County Jail and face multiple charges.