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Freeport man allegedly confesses to taking money from registers

Chuck Biedka

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:

  • Police said the first incident happened March 6 at Delio Deli along Ninth Avenue, Brackenridge. Filous is accused of grabbing about $53 from the cash register while waiting for change. The store owner said the robber laughed as he ran from her store.

  • The next day, a man matching the same description reportedly laughed after grabbing about $40 from the register at the Special Thoughts Gift Shop, along Alabama Avenue in the Natrona Heights section of Harrison.

  • Also on March 7, a man who Buffalo Township police say is Filous, used the same tactic to snatch about $220 from Fox’s Pizza Den, Route 356. Filous is to be charged as early as today with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.

  • Harrison police said the spree continued March 16 when Filous allegedly took about $240 from a clerk at the Donut Connection, Freeport Road.

  • Filous also is charged with a a cash grab robbery at the Sunoco station store along Freeport Road in Harrison. The date and details of that incident were not immediately available.

    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.


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