Indiana Township manhunt ends with arrest in Richland Township

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PITTSBURGH —

After an hours-long manhunt and two school lockdowns Wednesday, police arrested a Richland Township man accused of burglarizing several homes and putting an entire neighborhood on edge.

Robert Heigley, of Richland Township, was arrested late Wednesday night after a resident of a Fox Chapel neighborhood spotted him near homes on Hodil Terrace in Indiana Township.

Mara Krotec-Baginski said her home was burglarized after Heigley was seen in the area. Police said it was the third home burglary in the past week in the area.

"My jewelry is gone. He came in my house," Baginski said. "I opened my jewelry box and he took a bunch of my expensive rings."

A diligent neighbor said she saw Heigley in the area and took a photograph of him, which helped police nab the suspect hours later.

"He proceeded to go around all the doors and check the keypad on my neighbor's garage," said Baginski's neighbor.

Police said when they arrived to the area, Heigley ran into a nearby wooded area along Dorseyville Road.

Officers said they searched the area with dogs and placed two nearby elementary schools, Fairview and Kerr, while they conducted their search.

"I feel completely violated. My husband is in Chicago on a business trip and he's a wreck. He doesn't feel like it's safe," Baginski said.

Channel 11 News was there as Heigley was escorted into jail late Wednesday. Indiana Township police have not said how they traced Heigley to his Richland Township home.