3 teens arrested for string of vehicle thefts, armed home invasions in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Three people were arrested Tuesday night in connection to a string of vehicle thefts and home invasions in and around Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Facebook said its Narcotics and Vice detectives learned of string of overnight vehicle thefts on May 27 into May 28 in Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs.

Police said one vehicle was stolen in a burglary in Zone 6 and the people suspected of stealing it were believed to be armed. The same suspects in that theft were also suspects in several armed home invasion robberies.

One of the stolen vehicles was found on Rentz Way at Grimes Street unoccupied, but police eventually saw three males walk towards it. Two of them were in the car and a third was still approaching when police ordered them to stop, but all of them ran.

After a foot pursuit, all three were arrested. During the arrest, two guns were recovered, including one that was reported stolen out of the City of Pittsburgh.

A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy are facing charges several charges, including resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm under 18. A 19-year-old man identified as Jose Rivera-Montes is facing charges for resisting arrest and flight to avoid apprehension.

The 17-year-old boy was released to his father. The 16-year-old is in juvenile detention. Rivera-Montes was released from jail on a non-monetary bond.

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