Police Looking for Armed Robber of Route 51 Dairy Queen

And other police notes from May 22-28.

Dairy Queen Robbed at Gunpoint

The  is still looking for the man that Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said robbed a at gunpoint on Saturday night.

That Dairy Queen is on the border of and Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood.

Dolfi said that a man in his early 20s or slightly younger came into Dairy Queen at around 10:38 p.m. on Saturday armed with a semi-automatic handgun and ordered employees to give him money from the restaurant's cash register.

Dolfi described the man as approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and material that was covering his face. He was carrying a small black duffle bag.

No one at the scene, including customers, was injured.

After robbing the restaurant, the armed man ran toward a Carrick graveyard behind Dairy Queen.

Numerous local police officers arrived at the scene shortly after to look for the man, including ones from Whitehall, , Brentwood Borough, Pittsburgh and Clairton.

A Clairton K-9 picked up a track on the robber, Dolfi said, but eventually lost it.

Whitehall police are working with Dairy Queen management to view video surveillance footage of the incident. The robber is still at large.

Customer Wouldn't Pay for His Food

Earlier on Saturday, at around 4:23 a.m., Whitehall police came to on Route 51 for a report of retail theft.

Two men had recently come to that restaurant to eat, but one of the men left the place without paying for his food. The other man, Zaquai Teyreek Reynolds, 21, of 1712 Bedford Ave. in Pittsburgh's Crawford-Roberts neighborhood, refused to pay for the two men's combined bill, which totaled $10.67.

Dolfi said that Eat'n Park managment offered to allow Reynolds to leave the restaurant and return with money, but he refused.

He is being charged with retail theft.

Some Jewelry but No Names

At around 6:16 p.m. on Saturday, a resident from the 200 block of Whitehall's Thomas Drive requested police assistance for a theft report, Dolfi said.

The victim said two men that he knew through a mutual acquaintance had recently visited his house, and upon leaving, the victim noticed approximately $200 worth of jewelry missing.

The victim gave police a description of the two men but did not know their full names.

The incident is under investigation.

Don't Cook and Sleep

At around 12:57 a.m. on Wednesday, Whitehall police officers arrived at 1651 Skyline Dr. in the area in response to a noisy alarm.

The officers detected the odor of burnt food when arriving at that apartment building, Dolfi said, and followed that odor and the alarm noise to Apt. 12.

The officers eventually made contact with the occupant of that apartment—leaseholder Gabriel Gum Beng, 33—whom the officers found to be drunk. Beng had left food on his stove before falling asleep, Dolfi said.

Firefighters from the arrived at the scene and cleared the apartment of any danger, and Beng was cited for disorderly conduct.

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