Updated: 2:02 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 | Posted: 10:52 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011
CAPA Substitute Accused Of Stealing Also Charged In Bank Robbery
Shortly after being charged in connection with robbing a Shadyside bank on Friday, a former substitute teacher also admitted to stealing laptops from the school she worked at.
Philicia Barbieri, 24, was a substitute teacher for the Creative and Performing Arts High School. Investigators said she admitted to stealing 10 to 15 laptops from the school over a period of time.
Channel 11 News reporter Alan Jennings reported that about $30,000 worth of laptops were taken. The suspect, who was a permanent substitute teacher at the school, has been removed from her job, officials said.
On Friday, Barbieri was charged in connection with the robbery of the Fifth-Third Bank in Penn Circle in Shadyside.
Police said Alvin Carter, 28, approached the teller and passed a note that read, "Give me $2000 or I will shoot you. ... No dye packs."
The teller complied, giving the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said Carter fled on foot toward the East Liberty Martin Luther King east busway.
Police said they found Carter in the parking lot of the Barack Obama School and arrested him. According to police, Carter met up Barbieri in the lot. She, too, was taken into custody.
Police said there is evidence to suggest Barbieri was also involved in the robbery.
Both are charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy.