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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Detectives at the Zone 1 Police Station on Pittsburgh’s North Side are investigating a recent string of business burglaries.
They don’t know if the crimes are connected, but at least five businesses have been hit over the past few weeks.
The most recent burglary apparently happened early Wednesday morning at The Pittsburgh Fan store in 200 block of Federal Street, across from PNC Park.
Meghan Schiller’s Report:
According to the store’s owner, a burglar threw a rock through the glass front door of the business and made off with $500-$600 worth of sports apparel.
New this AM— Someone smashed the front window of The Pittsburgh Fan sports apparel store across from PNC Park. The latest details from 4:30-7am! @KDKA #sports #pittsburghfan #northshore pic.twitter.com/cDzPpxzIVv
— Meghan Schiller (@MeghanKDKA) September 5, 2018
On Aug. 14, a thief tossed a rock through the same glass door of The Pittsburgh Fan. The burglar quickly exited the store, with Steelers shirts estimated to be worth about $2,500.
Speaking with KDKA-TV News Tuesday night, store manager Randy Madera said, “From what I hear, it’s going on around the North Shore area. It really seems like an epidemic going on. There’s usually not a crime in this area.”
On Aug. 18, a Wine and Spirits Store on East Ohio Street was targeted. A front window was smashed out, and the burglar made off with several bottles of liquor.
During the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 19, police said a man got into the Cardello Building on Reedsdale Street, forced his way into several offices and stole cash along with computer and office equipment.
The string of burglaries began with an early morning break-in on Aug. 10 at the Bear Dog Bicycles shop at Western and Galveston Avenues in the Allegheny West neighborhood.
According to the store owner, the thief took off with a bicycle, which he described as the least expensive bike he had.
Police released surveillance video of the suspected burglar, who was wearing a Steelers jacket at the time.
The suspect was spotted riding a bicycle and last seen on foot on East Ohio Street.
Anyone with information on any of the burglaries is asked to contact Pittsburgh Police.