By: KDKA-TV News Staff
BETHEL PARK, Pa. (KDKA) – A local man is out of jail after police said he broke into an apartment and made himself at home.READ MORE: Giant Eagle To Reinstitute Mask Requirements For Employees, Will Request Customers To Wear Masks Inside Stores
Bethel Park Police say they were called to an apartment complex around 5 a.m. Monday for a report of an unknown man taking a shower inside an apartment.
Police say the investigation revealed that 36-year-old Michael Sefcik had crashed his car in Upper St. Clair around 2 a.m. before heading for Bethel Park.
There he allegedly entered several unlocked vehicles before getting into an apartment building, where police say he tried to enter over a dozen apartments.
Surveillance video shows Sefcik wandering the first-floor hallway of Bethel Square Senior Apartments Wednesday morning. A short time later, you can see him attempting to get into several of the apartments, with no luck.
“After trying about 20 apartment doors, he found one that was unlocked and made way into the apartment unit and proceeded to go into the bathroom and take a shower,” said Bethel Park Police Chief Timothy O’Connor.
It was an apartment on the third floor where police say an 89-year-old woman was sleeping. It’s a disturbing thought for resident Pat Dean.
“She come out and seen the light on in the bathroom and she went in and asked if someone was in there and he said, ‘yes, taking a shower,’” said Dean. “I sure as heck wouldn’t ask what someone was doing in there running my shower.”READ MORE: Groundbreaking Set For Housing Complex At Site Of Former Garfield Synagogue
Police said the woman ran to a neighbor’s unit to call 911. After several attempts, officers arrested him. But things took another turn when Sefcik was taken to the police station.
“During our detainment of him, he injured a police officer’s back,” said O’Connor.
Meantime, the big question people who live in this quiet community want to know: how did this man get into their building?
“Believe me, all the doors are locked, and you have to have a code to get into the front door,” said resident Jackie Glass.
Investigators are pointing to a side door. They believe he somehow broke a lock and got in. As for Sefcik’s truck, which he told police he lived in, is totaled, leaving Chief O’Connor wondering where he’s staying now that he’s out of jail.
“We will be making frequent patrols of the complex and throughout Bethel Park just in case he does come back into our jurisdiction,” said O’Connor.
Sefcik told police he was going through cars looking for items to clean himself up.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.MORE NEWS: Rite Aid To Open Location At South Side Works In 2022
He’s facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault, and police say more could be coming.