Police: Two men arrested in Ross Township in connection with thefts of auto shop inspection stickers
ROSS TWP. – Ross Township police have arrested two people in connection with the burglaries at three local auto repair shops. Police said the suspects stole inspection stickers to sell on the black market.
Police have charged Jose Enrique Torres-Molinary of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Kelly Mercedes Acosta of Florida.
Channel 11 first told you about the crimes when they happened in November.
Police said the suspects opened the trunk containing the inspection stickers and stole them from Jiffy Lube and Midas on McKnight Road.
They attempted to do the same in Meineke on Babcock Blvd. The owner, Bob Hollinger, told us what happened.
“They took the meter out of the wall of the building so there was no electricity in the building and cut all the communication lines so the alarm system couldn’t notify anyone,” Hollinger said. “They took our tools and tried to open the door, which they succeeded, then to open the safe, which they failed.”
Police said surveillance and traffic cameras as well as vehicle information helped them in this investigation.
We have just learned that Allegheny County and Cranberry Township police are also investigating similar incidents that occurred late November of last year.
Torres-Molinary was taken into custody. His preliminary hearing took place today. Right now, there’s an arrest warrant for Acosta.
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