Burglar dressed as firefighter arrested after streaming on Facebook Live

Man accused of claiming to be firefighter after being caught during burglary

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Westmoreland County man posing as a firefighter while streaming on Facebook Live was arrested after trying to get into a home and later stealing from a car, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Charles Beiter, 33, of Delmont, was caught Saturday night trying to get into a home while he was dressed as a firefighter, police said. The homeowner confronted Beiter, who claimed to be a firefighter on duty before then trying to break into a detached garage.

Beiter left shortly before troopers got to the home, but he was identified as the suspect with the help of home surveillance video.

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As troopers began searching the area, someone at a nearby home called police about a man with the same description who was stealing from their car. He was gone by the time troopers arrived.

It was then discovered that Beiter was streaming on Facebook Live, police said.

Authorities were eventually able to narrow down an area, and Beiter was found again on a victim’s property, according to police.

Beiter was arrested after troopers conducted a traffic stop. He was taken to the Westmoreland County Prison.

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