AutoZone Employee Charged with Retail Theft
Police officers went to the AutoZone on Route 51 in Whitehall Borough at around 11:50 a.m. on Thursday to speak with the store's loss prevention officer, according to Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi.
The loss prevention officer informed police that an employee of the store—Danielle Hibbs, 36, of 2089 Plainview Ave. in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood—was caught taking money from the store's register and stealing merchandise, Dolfi said.
The approximate value of the cash and merchandise taken was $87. The theft occurred across numerous incidents during an unspecified period of time, but "it came to a head" on Thursday, Dolfi said.
Whitehall police are citing Hibbs with retail theft.
Elwyn Power Station Almost Victimized Again
After being hit by copper thieves three times this past January alone, Duquesne Light's Elwyn Power Station on Earlsdale Road was almost victimized again in April, Chief Dolfi said.
Whitehall police officers went to the power station at around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday and met a Duquesne Light employee who showed them where a piece of fencing had been cut.
The cut measured approximately 6 inches in diameter, Dolfi said, but nothing was missing from the station.
The chief said that the would-be thief (or thieves) was perhaps after some copper wiring but was somehow scared away from the station.
Would-Be Thief Fails to Steal TV from Jill Drive Home
Another property in Whitehall also got a close call in late April from a would-be thief (or thieves).
At around 5:05 p.m. on April 24, a police officer went to Jill Drive in response to a homeowner's complaint that someone had recently tried to take an LCD TV from the owner's back porch, Chief Dolfi said.
The TV is mounted on a brick wall outside of the owner's home. Its wires had been disconnected, and the mount had some fresh scrapes on it, Dolfi said. But something scared the would-be thief away.
Reminder to Check Bank Accounts
A resident of the 5000 block of Daube Drive notified Whitehall police at around 4:45 p.m. on Monday that some irregular transactions were on the resident's bank account, Chief Dolfi said.
The resident checked with the bank hosting that account and learned that the transactions were a result of a misunderstanding.
"We're seeing more and more of this being reported to police," Dolfi said. "In this fast-paced world, I recommend to everybody: Consistently and constantly check your accounts. Check your statements."
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