Pittsburgh City Public Safety Council investigating vandalism and theft on Mount Washington – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – City leaders warn of a “Grinch” on Mount Washington.
They say there has been a recent spate of corporate vandalism and theft.
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Some of these thefts were packages removed from porches and another was a case taken from the front desk of a flower shop.
These events have raised awareness among businesses and community members living in the region.
Armful of Flowers, the store that suffered the theft of its cash register, says it is a generally safe area. So they were shocked when someone walked through their door and then ran out with their money for the day.
“Honestly, for us, it’s not really about the money per se, it’s more about community and safety.
The vandalism and thefts have now caught the attention of city council, with council chairperson Theresa Kail-Smith saying the issues will be brought to the next meeting and will include an increased police presence near Shiloh Street.
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Store owner Kelly Glover says for her it’s not about money or vandalism, it’s about feeling safe.
“It was a little disheartening,” she said. “We don’t want our employees to feel unsafe either. ”
Kevin Reber has lived on Mount Washington for 64 years and he recently said there have been Facebook posts about the thefts and vandalism not far from his home.
“I would like to see a little more of a policeman on the street, I think that would go away. I think they are trying to do a good job and they can’t do it from the car they have to. to be in the street, ”he said.
Kail-Smith posted on Facebook that council members had previously spoken to public safety about the incidents.
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“There are several things you should see over the next few days and weeks to put an end to the ongoing issues at Fireman’s Parklet and Shiloh, including a 24 hour police presence,” she said.