UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — Investigators have made an arrest in what they are calling a “one-man crime spree.”
Police say the local man robbed his way across the area on a four-day, seven-business theft spree.
According to state police, suspect 37-year-old David Klippi of Hopwood started by robbing a Sunoco station in Uniontown.
“The first incident occurred July 4,” said Trooper Stefani Plume, of state police. “It was a stolen vehicle that occurred in the city of Uniontown at the Sunoco station.”
They also say he tried to use a stolen credit card from that vehicle to buy a television at a Kmart in Uniontown.
The next stop on that day was the Dairy Queen on Main Street where he allegedly stole $64.
“The fourth incident was the next day, on July 5, it occurred at the Route 51 Exxon station. That was a robbery also where he was able to get approximately $80,” said Trooper Plume.
Also, on July 5, police say Klippi carjacked a woman’s vehicle from the parking lot of the Best For Less convenience store on Connellsville Street. The victim, who did not want to be identified, says there was a struggle and Klippi drove off with her car and purse.
Police say Klippi, who was already on parole, also stole a car from a dealership in Connellsville. Then, his final alleged crime occurred at the PNC Bank on Route 40 where he got away with $1,100.
On a tip, police finally caught up with him this morning at a home in North Union Township.
“When our troopers responded to the address, he tried to flee out of the rear of the residence where he was apprehended,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Schaffer, of state police.
State police say Klippi was desperate to get money, but wouldn’t say what for.
He now faces dozens of charges, including robbery and theft. He is locked up in the Fayette County Jail.