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Baldwin Man Accused of Retirement Home Thefts

Police say that a Providence Point security guard is responsible for last year's rash of burglaries and thefts at a Scott Township retirement home.

say that a security guard was responsible for last year's rash of burglaries and thefts at that retirement home.

Steven Kowalski, 49, of 681 Elaine Dr. in , already has been charged with two counts of burglary along with receiving stolen property and theft after police said that they arrested him when he showed up for his evening shift on May 31.

Investigators said that they received a break in the case earlier that morning when a resident came home to find her deadbolt unlocked and a man hiding behind a chair in her apartment. Police said that Kowalski put a cushion over his face and walked past the woman to leave her residence.

The resident didn't see the intruder's face but said that he had dark hair and was wearing a white shirt and black pants, which is the uniform for security guards at the sprawling retirement facility. Police said that they eliminated other potential suspects with the description and were able to target Kowalski.

Scott police Sgt. Jeff Skees said that he checked pawn shop records in Pittsburgh and found an extensive list of items that Kowalski had sold. Skees said that some of the items matched possessions reported missing by Providence Point residents, including 25 charms that had personalized information on them and several sets of fine silverware.

Police estimate that Kowalski took nearly $150,000 worth of items.

Skees said that Kowalski offered some sort of "admission" of guilt when being interviewed after his arrest. Skees said that he expects to charge Kowalski with additional burglary and theft counts.

"At least now, (residents) know they can sleep easy knowing the actor was found," Skees said.

Providence Point administrators told Skees that Kowalski had been working as a security guard there for about two years. They changed locks in February after numerous thefts, but Skees said that the security guard apparently obtained another master key to the residences.

Residents at the retirement home on Kane Boulevard from October through December that included jewelry, silverware and silver plate settings.

Kowalski is free on $10,000 bond.

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Robert Edward Healy, III February 18, 2013 at 06:49 PM
UPDATE: Kowalski will have a non-jury trial at the Allegheny County Courthouse starting on Feb. 28.
A.J. February 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
150k WOW! That makes the Murphy punk look like a rookie!
Margaret French February 19, 2013 at 05:28 AM
WOW there is no end to what that Kowalski guys does, is there?
Margaret French February 19, 2013 at 05:28 AM
Never mind, I see it is a different first name. My bad.
cc February 19, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Steven Kowalski, 49, of 681 Elaine Dr. in Baldwin Borough another Baldwin Borough Resident. Where is ne12ukid an its sly remarks.

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