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Police Make Arrest in Church Burglary

Date: September 21, 2019
Incident Type: Burglary
Location: Zone 4

On Sunday, September 21, Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 4 responded to a call for a burglary in progress at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 4535 5th Avenue just before 8:45 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, the key holders for the church told them they had received notification that the burglar alarm had been activated, so they came to the church to see if it was a false alarm. Once there, they noticed a bicycle and a backpack by a back basement door where a window was broken, which is when they called 911.

Police observed the broken window and called for additional officers to secure the perimeter and search the building.

Inside, police observed some damage to an interior door.

A Pitt Police officer, who was helping secure the scene outside, watched as a male suspect exited the church with bolt cutters. He detained the suspect until Pittsburgh Police took him into custody.

Pittsburgh Police arrested Zachary Hiles, 22, of Pittsburgh. He is charged with:

Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Possessing Instruments of Crime, and Prohibited Acts.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz