Freeport man allegedly confesses to taking money from registers
A 23-year-old Freeport man has allegedly confessed to snatching money from cash registers at four business last month and he is to be charged in a fifth incident.
Richard Thomas Filous, 23, of the 500 block of Freeport Road, has been charged with grabbing money at a Brackenridge deli on March 6, at a Harrison Township flower shop the following day, at a Buffalo Township pizza shop that night, at a Harrison gas station, and a doughnut shop in Harrison on March 16.
Filous has not been charged in connection with similar incidents at a gas station in Fawn, another in Oakmont and a hair salon in Blawnox that occurred around the same time.
Details of the incidents:
Detectives confronted Filous on Wednesday while he was in Harrison for a preliminary hearing on unrelated charges of forgery, theft, bad checks and receiving stolen property in Harrison.
Police said he admitted to the robberies.
Filous is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 combined bond for the robberies, according to the county’s bond agency.
According to a police affidavit filed in Allegheny County, Filous is facing four counts of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct, police said.
A preliminary hearing will be held by District Judge Carolyn Bengel on all but the Buffalo Township incident. That case will be heard before Saxonburg District Justice Sue Haggerty.
Two other similar cases remain unsolved.
On March 10, a man grabbed cash from the register at K.C. Hair Studio, Freeport Road, Blawnox and ran.
The same thing happened at the Cedar Hollow Sunoco, along Route 908 in Fawn, police said.
About $205 was taken there.