ROSTRAVER (KDKA) – Three people are facing charges after a series of vehicle break-ins in Westmoreland County.
According to police, the incidents took place in Rostraver over the weekend. In some cases, guns were taken from the vehicles, some of which were unlocked.
Other stolen items included an iPad, cell phones and small amounts of cash.
Police were able to track a stolen iPad to the Comfort Inn along Route 51 in Rostraver.
“The iPad is connected to the victim’s iPhone and was able to communicate to an app,” said Chief Greg Resetar, of Rostraver Police.
When they went into the motel room, police found three people inside. They have been identified as 27-year-old Robert Kowalsky, 27-year-old Scott Tyler and 30-year-old DeAnne Smith.
In addition to finding the stolen iPad, police found several stolen guns, including an assault-style weapon and a shotgun. One of the weapons was fully loaded, out in the open and within reach when police arrived.
According to police, Kowalsky and Tyler are believed to be responsible for two burglaries in Westmoreland County, another burglary in Allegheny County and other thefts in Ohio.
Both men were taken into custody without incident and are being held in the Westmoreland County Jail on $25,000 bond. They are facing multiple theft and weapons counts.
A stolen quad was also found during the investigation and more charges could be filed.
“We anticipate potentially additional charges at the conclusion,” said Chief Resetar.
As for Smith, she is believed to be Kowalsky’s girlfriend. She was charged with harboring a fugitive and was released on her own recognizance.
“She was aware he was wanted by police, but was hindering his apprehension by putting him up in a motel,” Chief Resetar said.