Authorities are issuing a warning after two attempted street robberies in the community of Westwood within the past week.
According to police, the attempted robberies occurred Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. There was also an incident Jan. 30 at a Green Tree restaurant that investigators believe is related.
A woman told police she was sitting in her car in the 1800 block of Chessland Street on Jan. 29 just before 4 p.m. when a man opened her passenger door and asked for a ride.
The woman told authorities that the man tried to steal her purse after she denied him a ride. He eventually fled the scene on foot without the woman’s purse.
Investigators said the woman described the actor as a white male about 25-35 years old. He stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He was wearing a black coat, a black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and white tennis shoes.
The second report of attempted robbery was Saturday just before 4 p.m. when a woman was walking in the 1400 block of Poplar Street.
The woman told police a man approached her on foot and demanded money. She said the man indicated he had a gun, but none was ever seen.
The man eventually disappeared as the woman continued to walk away.
"The fact he attempted to pull the person and struggle with the one victim -- we just want find out who this person is and get them off the street before it turns into anything further,” said Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Scott Schubert.
If you have information about the crimes or the actor, please contact Zone 6 detectives at 412-937-3051. Callers can remain anonymous.
"Stay aware and always on guard and watch around you all the time,” Westwood resident Bridget Leppla said.