Vandergrift man faces 9 felony charges in Frazer Township theft

Kevin Paul Pierce


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Frazer Township, Pa. – Police in Frazer Township were dispatched to a Murray Hill Road address on Wednesday afternoon after the victim finds a side door open and the house disturbed inside.

Frazer Law Enforcement Officer Dalton VanWhy, along with the assistance of West Deer Police Officer Mularski responded to the scene and spoke with the victims who said when they arrived home they heard someone in the house go out the back door and into the woods. Officers observed a ladder propped along a fence which led into the woods behind the house.

Unknown to police at this time was suspect Kevin Paul Pierce, age 29 from Vandergrift.

Officer VanWhy said he requested West Deer Township Police K-9 Handler Officer Newman and K-9 Nitro to respond to the scene. Police were advised 3 firearms and a large amount of jewelry were missing from the residence with a total value of approximately $4000. Officers tracked a footpath through the woods towards the top of Riddle Run Road. Witnesses in the area told police a yellow, older model Ford Ranger was parked on the top of Riddle Run Road. The vehicle was described as having pin striping along the side. Police were advised a white male, wearing a blue shirt with grayish jeans shorts and having a thin build got into the truck.

Officer VanWhy stated police walked a footpath at the top of Riddle Run Road and onto Old Murray Hill Road. This path had been beaten down by recent foot traffic with fresh broken plants. Police found jewelry laying on top of broken plants during their search.

Police also spoke to second and third witnesses who were asked if they had observed anyone in the area or anything out of the ordinary and both stated they observed a male with the aforementioned description get into the vehicle after emerging from the woods.

They advised they observed this truck and the male in the area the past two days. They stated they confronted the male and when they spoke to him they stated he said he was just relieving himself, however witnesses stated the male was carrying boxes and placing them into the vehicle.

Allegheny County dispatch put a BOLO out on the vehicle and actor description given by the witnesses. Cameras were checked and a matching description was observed of the Ford Ranger older model with a cooler and bucket of tools in the bed.

Vehicle registration was obtained from video. At approximately 1730 hours, New Kensington police and a Lower Burrell police officer were out with a male and vehicle matching the BOLO description at the Dollar Tree on Logan’s Ferry Road. Police said in plain view was jewelry and were able to confirm the items were from the victim’s residence. Arrested in the incident was Kevin Paul Pierce, age 29 of Vandergrift PA.

The vehicle was photographed and sealed by Frazer Township Police and loaded onto a flatbed for evidence. Pierce stated to police he was stealing to help a friend get money. During the police interview, Pierce also stated he was in the residence and removed the jewelry and a firearm. Police also located inside Pierce’s duffel bag two packages of Suboxone, needles and a spoon. Also found was one stamp bag of Heroin.

A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on 10/07/2019 @ 9:45 am before the Honorable Magisterial District Judge David J. Sosovicka.

Peirce Charges: F1 PERSONS NOT TO POSSESS, USE, MANUFACTURE, CONTROL, 09/25/2019, F2 CRIMINAL TRESPASS, 4 counts F2 RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, F3 THEFT BY UNLAWFUL TAKING, F3 CARRYING FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE, M3 LOITERING AND PROWLING AT NIGHTTIME, 3 counts M PROHIBITED ACTS – POSSESSION, S CARRYING LOADED WEAPON, S DRIVERS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED and S DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR Revoked.

Pierce currently resides in the Allegheny County Jail. A Preliminary Hearing is scheduled on 10/07/2019 @ 9:45 am Magisterial District Judge David J. Sosovicka.

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