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Two Arrested for Overnight Burglary in Brookline

Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning in Brookline when they broke into a Woodbourne Avenue home to steal copper pipe.

Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after they broke into a home on Woodbourne Avenue in Brookline.

Pittsburgh police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Woodbourne Avenue just before 2 a.m. for a report of a burglary in progress.

According to the police report, the rear door of the home had been forced open. Inside the home, police found George Joesph Assenat, of Carrick, and Robert Matthew Vespa, of Brentwood. Tools and copper piping that had been cut from the home also were recovered.

Both men were arrested and charged with burglary, possessing instruments of crime, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

Assenat also had been arrested in June, 2011 for burglarizing another home on Woodbourne Avenue.

Editor's note: Copper thefts have been reported elsewhere in the area. No arrests have been made in a Sept. 16 copper theft from a Collier Township power substation. It is not known if these incidents are related. Read about the Collier thefts on Chartiers Valley Patch.

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