By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer
After another break-in at a home in Forward
Township, police are advising residents to watch out for unusual
visitors driving around their neighborhoods.
“There have been different types of vehicles floating around,”
township Officer Robert Curdie said
Tuesday. “Try to get a description of the vehicle and how many people
are in it.” Township police are
investigating a break-in reported sometime before 4 p.m. Monday along
the 6800 block of Wall Road, near the intersection with Roberts Hollow
“We had a daylight burglary,” Curdie said. “An unknown actor or actors
entered the home and stole a TV, money, jewelry, video games and other
items.” The time element is one of the differences between Monday’s
break-in and the home invasion Oct. 20 along Church Hollow Road, in
which an elderly couple was accosted and robbed of $68,000 in cash from
No one was home during Monday’s burglary, and it occurred across the
street from the township fire hall.
“It’s not like the more secluded area of the home
invasion,” Curdie said. “The search is still on in that case.”
Township police also are interested in
strangers such as the trio seen in a “Toyotatype pickup truck with a
freezer trying to sell meat,” Curdie said. “We’ve been seeing more and
more of these vehicles.” In another case, the
Forward officer said, “I got a call from a resident about
four or five black males going around saying they’re selling carpet
cleaner.” Curdie said burglars have been known to knock on a door, see
if anyone is home, and either to scope it and come back if no one is
home, or to distract anyone who answers the door.
One problem is that witnesses see what is happening but do not call
police until days later.
Curdie said people who see “any type of suspicious vehicle” with
occupants trying to “sell any type of item” should call 911 while those
strangers still are in the neighborhood.
“Try to get a description of the vehicle, the license plate, direction
of flight and call us,” Curdie said. “Even if more than one person is
inside the house, if they’re still there, call.” In much of the
township, a 911 call will get Allegheny
County dispatchers, though closer to Monongahela the call might go to
dispatchers in Washington County.
Either way, he said, it is faster than leaving a message at the
Forward police station.