Suspended Pittsburgh Teacher Admits More Crimes

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Philicia Barbieri
PITTSBURGH,None — A suspended high school science teacher already charged in a bank robbery and with taking more than 10 laptop computers from a local school has now been charged with twice burglarizing a neighbor's apartment.

Pittsburgh police filed the new charges Thursday, on Philicia Barbieri's 25th birthday, after police said she confessed to the crimes.

Investigators said Barbieri is telling police all her crimes were fueled by her $100-a-day heroin addiction she claims grew out of a prescription drug addiction.

Barbieri is suspended from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts where the laptops were stolen between January and March and is also jailed for her role in an April 15 bank robbery with her boyfriend, police said.

Police said she has now acknowledged breaking into the apartment on April 8 and 12. Carter has not been charged in the apartment burglaries but police said he is expected to be.

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