Nuisance Bar Task Force Executes Search Warrant at Problem Establishment

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 26, 2020) – Following numerous complaints from the community, the Nuisance Bar Task Force (NBTF) executed a search warrant for liquor sales without a license at Bridgez, located at 1751 Arlington Avenue on Friday, October 23.

As a result of the investigation, officers with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics and Vice unit, Pittsburgh Police Zone 3, and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement – Pittsburgh Office seized beer, liquor, gambling devices, as well as cash proceeds from the illegal activity. 

Three individuals will be charged for sales of alcohol without a license and illegal gambling.

In addition, Pittsburgh Police recovered a rifle on the premises and separately arrested a male in possession of an illegal firearm and narcotics.

The Nuisance Bar Task Force is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of law enforcement and non-law enforcement partners to ensure that establishments serve alcohol and conduct business in a legal, safe, and responsible manner.

Members of the NBTF include:

-          Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

-          Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire

-          Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement – Pittsburgh Office

-          Allegheny County Health Department

-          District Attorney’s Office

-          City of Pittsburgh Office of Permits, Licenses, & Inspections

During the COVID-19 pandemic, community complaints about overcapacity, illegal liquor sales, violence, and criminal activity at certain establishments have increased.

“The City will not tolerate nuisance bars that create problems and detract from the quality of life for residents in surrounding neighborhoods. The Nuisance Bar Task Force will continue to address complaints forwarded by the public and conduct regular, unannounced checks at problem properties,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said.

If you have a complaint about an establishment in your neighborhood, you can call the Nuisance Bar Hotline at (412) 323-7777.





Cara Cruz
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety