Pittsburgh councilman's home burglarized



PITTSBURGH - The Highland Park home of Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd was burglarized on Monday.

Dowd, 44, said thieves entered his North Euclid Avenue home during the day while his family was out and made off with a laptop computer, jewelry and “a couple of other personal items.”

The councilman said he has filed a police report.

“I’m just happy that nobody was home when the break-in occurred,” said Dowd, who is serving his second term representing District 7. Dowd is married and has five children.

Dowd posted on his Facebook page: “Our house was robbed today while we were away. No one was hurt, but we’ve drawn two important conclusions. First, thank goodness we don’t have lots of valuables. Second, thank goodness for our really messy house. It seems to have hidden what valuables we do have.”

Valerie Sweeney, who also lives on North Euclid Avenue, said she wasn’t surprised thieves hit her Highland Park street.

“It could happen to anybody. You just have to be careful and keep doors locked and eyes open,” Sweeney said.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact police.

Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE  contributed to this report.