Theft, Vandalism Reported in Dormont

Dormont blotter Jan. 25 to Feb. 1.

The following incidents were reported to Dormont police last week.

This information was supplied by Dormont Police. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Jan. 25

  • Police responded to the 2900 block of West Liberty Avenue at 8:35 p.m. for a theft report. A couple told police they left their home for about 35 minutes, and when they returned they found that someone had forced open a back door and stolen a plasma-screen television. Police are investigating the incident.
  • A vehicle crashed into a fence by tennis courts near the intersection of Banksville Road and Dormont Avenue around 4:56 p.m. Police determined the crash was a result of bad weather, and said the driver slid on ice. The driver is not being charged.

Jan. 26

  • The rear, driver-side tires of two vehicles parked in the 1300 block of Arkansas Avenue were slashed around 10 p.m. No arrests have been made.

Jan. 27

  • Dormont police are again warning residents to lock their vehicles after responding to another theft report. Police responded to a home in the 2900 block of Crosby Avenue at 8:50 a.m. for a report that someone had entered an unlocked vehicle and stolen a wallet containing $150 in cash. The theft likely happened overnight. No arrest has been made. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dormont police.

Jan. 30

  • Dormont police aided several other agencies in serving warrants for two people. Police went to MIB Entertainment on West Liberty Avenue at 8:45 p.m. to serve warrants for Gerald Conklin, 46, address unknown and Robin Grubor, 29, address unknown. Dormont police Sgt. James Burke said several local police departments had outstanding warrants for the two.

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Droboy2 February 04, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Why does it seem like there has been a lot of problems on arkansas latly. Shouldnt the police be stepping up more patrols, or are residents gonna have to take matters into there own hands
Drew Lehman February 04, 2013 at 09:42 PM
The officers should be out 24/7 (unless they are bringing somebody in) but hey thats just my opinion. Hopefully the new Chief will make that a priority.
Jeff February 05, 2013 at 01:46 AM
So Drew, when should the officers do reports? When should the officers be doing follow up investigating via phone, Internet, ect? When should the officers be checking the borough complaint online portal? Your 24/7 comment seems a little far fetched and not realistic at all, doesn't it Drew?
Drew Lehman February 05, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Jeff it's 2013, all the cars have computers in them. Your reasoning doesn't hold up anymore. A big component of crime prevention is visibility. If your out the bad guys go somewhere else. Cars should be on patrol, out in the community at the schools morning and night.
Jeff February 05, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I agree that visibility creates prevention, but I am also realistic that being a police officer is not driving around in a squad car "24/7". Ok, so maybe they check the borough portal on the laptop in the squad, but what about the other stuff I mentioned (reports, investigation, court). A very good friend of mine is a PA State Trooper and he has told me on numerous occasions that for every arrest, accident, ticket, or incident involving any citation, that the paperwork and court time is long and tedious. That is time spent NOT ON PATROL. Drew, what would be your solution, increased overtime to do this other work, or maybe they can do it on their personal time for free to ensure that every second of their shift is spent driving around? Drew, where you work, do you spend every second doing your job? Do you get breaks? Are you allowed to go potty and maybe, just maybe, allowed to have a meal? Hmm, my reasoning "doesn't hold up"? Are you sure about that?
Drew Lehman February 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Jeff do your best to take an unbiased look at what I am saying. 24/7 is a general term and you took it far too literally. Yes they do have issues that need to be done at the station but I need to look no further than the Green Tree Police to see how it can be done. I spend half of my day in Dormont and the other half in Green Tree and there is simply no comparison when it comes to patrolling the streets. Ironically GT has less officers than Dormont but are far more visible. Whether its sitting in the BP station, or covertly ensuring compliance with stop signs at busy intersections the GT police are always out in force "being seen". Please understand that I didn't start this commentary I'm just giving my two cents. Please also understand as well that this is not a blanket statement about all of the officers in Dormont, some of which I often see on the streets. But unfortunately I can't tell you how many times that I have seen people- go through red lights, blow-off stop signs, block traffic on West Liberty by parking during the evening rush, park every day on the same sidewalk, etc. Laptops, cell phones, the Internet access are all mobile these days. If they can do it in Green Tree then why not Dormont?
Ed M February 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
It seems these incidences are all in the 1300 block of Arkansas which is the block closest to West Liberty. It could be the perpetrators are frequenting one of the drinking establishments (Z Bar or Apple). That's where I would start monitoring.


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