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Victim Follows, Helps Catch Burglary Suspect

Another man was arrested for breaking into cars in Brookline after the victim followed him down a Brookline street.

A Brookline man on Monday decided he wasn't going to let a thief get away with breaking into his car.

When the man's wife returned to their home in the 800 block of Dunster Street around 2:20 p.m., she noticed that someone was inside her husband's car—but it wasn't her husband.

The burglar, now identified as Todd Swoyer, 42, of Carrick, ran from the car down Dunster Street towards Abstract Avenue. The woman called 911. Her husband got in his own car and followed the thief.

According to the Pittsburgh police report, when Swoyer saw the man following him, he took off his coat and threw it on the ground, along with the stolen items. He continued to run, but was stopped by a Zone 3 police officer who was in the area and had received the 911 report.

The victim then identified Swoyer as the man who had broken into his car.

Swoyer was charged with theft from auto, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail.

Earlier in September, two people were arrested for breaking into more than 100 cars in Brookline and stealing a number of items. If you believe you were a victim of those break-ins, call Pittsburgh police at 412-937-3051 to claim your items.

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