Security system, footprints in snow help police catch burglary suspect



HOMEWOOD, Pa. - Authorities said a home security system helped police catch a burglary suspect early Wednesday morning in Homewood.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to a house on Kelly Street just after 3 a.m. Wednesday when the home’s alarm system went off.

The homeowner told police that he was sleeping when he heard the alarm go off, and the keypad told him the activation point was his garage.

The victim said he went to the garage to investigate with a baseball bat and machete in his hands. When he opened the door, he said he saw the suspect inside the garage with tools in her hand.

The victim told investigators the suspect then fled the scene on foot.

When police arrived, the homeowner described the burglar and showed officers which way she ran.

Police followed footprints in the snow and detained a woman who matched the description at the intersection of Hamilton and Brushton avenues.

The homeowner positively identified the suspect, Kisha McCoy. McCoy, 46, was then taken to the Allegheny County Jail and charged with burglary.