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December 18, 2013

Burglary spree may be halted

NEW CASTLE — Neshannock Township police might have caught two men suspected in a rash of burglaries in Neshannock and Union township.

Jahmia Jahmel Ward, 22, and Robert Lee Sutton, 30, both of 15 Steinbrink Place, were arrested Monday afternoon after residents reported seeing the men, with backpacks, walking through backyards of Neshannock Township homes.

Lt. John Rand of the Neshannock Township police department, said the men appeared to have items in their possession that were identified as have been taken from a Fireside Drive residence Monday afternoon.

He said the house had been burglarized about 1 p.m.

“Now we’re investigating to see if these two are tied to any other burglary,” Rand said.

In the past month, he said, Neshannock and Union townships have seen several “big burglaries, at least one per week.”

The descriptions of the men in custody fit those of the suspects in other burglaries, he said.

Rand credits watchful neighbors with giving police a break in the case.

“It all started when someone called to say they saw a stranger knocking on a neighbor’s door,” he said. “The man then walked through the yard to another house.”

Rand said the two will be arraigned, charged with Monday’s burglary, while police cooperate with other municipalities to try to tie the two to other break-ins.

“We’ll be checking pawn shops to see if we can make connections,” he said.

Rand encouraged residents to keep an eye on neighborhood goings-on, and to continue to report unusual activities to police.

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