Woman encounters suspect in string of Brighton Heights burglaries

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PITTSBURGH - Police are investigating multiple recent burglaries in Brighton Heights.

Pittsburgh police Public Information Officer Sonya Toler said police are investigating a total of seven burglaries that have happened during overnight hours.

Morrell Street, Orchlee Street, Pemberton Street, Massachusetts Avenue and Cooper Avenue are among the areas targeted in the burglaries, said Toler.

During one of the burglaries, a female victim encountered the burglar in her residence. That woman, who did not want to be identified, talked to Channel 11’s Shelby Zarotney.

"My sister was sleeping in the living room. He was rooting through the kitchen and dining room while she was sleeping,” she said.

The woman told Zarotney that, at first, she thought the burglar was her mother.

“I stepped in the hallway, I looked down, and it was this black male with dreads hunched over, crouched, rooting through my mom’s jewelry box.”

The man jumped when she went up behind him and yelled.

“I pushed him down the hall. He instantly like just turned around and started running down the steps.”

Police are looking for a black man between the ages of 19 and 22 with shoulder-length dreadlocks, a thin build and standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

“I will be learning how to shoot a weapon and I will be purchasing one, and I never thought that it would get to that point, but when your safety is violated, next time, you know, I will be prepared,” the woman said.