Pittsburgh armed robbery suspect found hiding in attic
A woman who said she committed four armed robberies in and around Pittsburgh earlier this year broke out of her electronic monitoring bracelet in June and was on the run until police found her hiding in an attic Tuesday in Scott, Allegheny County Sheriff’s officials said.
Authorities accused Melissa Santoro, 28, of Banksville in February of holding up a Dormont pizzeria, a Rite Aid and, on two occasions, a Sunoco in Banksville. She was sentenced to house arrest March 31 as a condition of bail, Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said.
Deputies put Santoro’s name on the “Most Wanted” list June 3 when she removed her electronic monitoring device, Kraus said. On Tuesday, the department’s fugitive squad received a tip that Santoro was staying with a family friend in Scott.
When deputies arrived at the house, they found Santoro hiding in the attic, Kraus said. She was arrested without incident.