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Police Respond to Possible Burglary in Progress

Date: July 17, 2019
Incident Type: Burglary
Location: Zone 4

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers from Zone 4 responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress inside the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh located at 4100 Bigelow Blvd. at approximately 12:20 a.m.

Key holders to the Center alerted police after remotely viewing on their surveillance camera system, a male walking through the building.

Before police arrived on scene, they were alerted by dispatch that the male was viewed on camera leaving the building. The initial description was a male wearing a baseball cap, dark t-shirt and red shorts.

Once on scene, officers set up a perimeter around the building. The area surrounding the Center was searched, with negative results.

The Center’s two office managers arrived on scene a short time later and did a walk through the building with police and reported that nothing appeared to be stolen at that time.

One of the office managers showed police surveillance footage from her phone. It showed the male entering through the front door and walking through the main prayer room. The male was then observed on camera to begin digging through a yellow donation box. After some time it appears the male exits wearing tan or white shorts and leaves the building.

Police believe the male changed clothes as the center keeps them for the homeless to take as they please.

There was no sign of forced entry.

The investigation continues.






Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz