Teenagers terrorizing Pittsburgh neighborhood with bizarre crimes, police say

PITTSBURGH — Bizarre crimes are terrorizing a Pittsburgh neighborhood, and police believe several teenagers are responsible.

But despite their ages, neighbors in Brookline told Channel 11 they have committed several acts to cause concern in the community.

Stealing surveillance cameras, pulling fire alarms at a senior housing facility, lighting trash cans on fire and other acts have neighbors on their toes. Wheelchair-bound neighbors have to evacuate each time.

One woman, who is caring for her father while he remains on oxygen, said she was in bed Sunday night when her camera app sent her a notification that one of the teens hopped her fence and stole the camera.

But she managed to catch the group of teens on that camera and shared it with police.

“I just want them to stop. I shouldn’t have to worry when I go to sleep what’s going to happen to my house,” she said. “I feel like I have to live in fear.”

Police are looking into recent reports of crime to see if any are connected.

In the meantime, neighbors said this must stop before something goes horribly wrong, delivering a direct message to the group.

“You need a reality check. I don’t know what it’s going to take but if you don’t stop now, I can’t imagine what you’re going to be in a couple of years,” the woman said.