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UPDATE: Police Investigate Armed Carjacking and Armed Business Robbery in Zone 5 

Date: November 12, 2023
Incident Type: Armed robberies
Location: Zone 5

UPDATE: The stolen vehicle has been recovered in Pittsburgh and towed to the Auto Squad for processing. Police continue to search for the actor involved. The investigation is ongoing.

Original post:

Just before 9:45 p.m., Zone 5 officers were dispatched to the 5700 block of Penn Avenue for reports of an armed carjacking.

Officers spoke with a male who was sitting inside his vehicle in the Whole Foods parking garage when a male opened the driver's side door, pointed a firearm at him, and forced him out of the car.

The actor threw the victim's cell phone before fleeing the area in the stolen vehicle; a white Audi station wagon. 

A short time later, a Chipotle restaurant located at 1027 Freeport Road was robbed at gunpoint by a male actor who put a gun to a female cashier's back and demanded all the cash from the register. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money. 

No one was physically hurt during either incident. Police will utilize all available surveillance footage in their investigation. It is not confirmed at this time whether the two incidents are connected.

Major Crimes detectives will be investigating. 

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz