Probation officers ask Greensburg man’s parole be revoked after multiple arrests last week |

Probation officers ask Greensburg man’s parole be revoked after multiple arrests last week

Paul Peirce

The Westmoreland County Adult Probation office has asked a judge to revoke the parole of a 19-year-old man who was arrested twice one week ago by Greensburg police for allegedly stiffing a cab driver out of a $90 fare just a few hours after he was accused of illegal possession of 57 multi-dose bars of anti-anxiety medication.

Anthony A. Bittinger of Greensburg was paroled Dec. 4 by Judge Christopher Feliciani after he pleaded guilty in September to theft, fleeing and eluding, escape, resisting arrest, and driving under the influence following his arrest twice within 90 minutes in Greensburg last July 3.

According to a complaint filed last week by Patrolman Chase Mollomo, police were called to the Sunoco convenience store at 141 W. Pittsburgh St. to investigate a report of an unknown person leaving a suspicious bag containing suspected contraband inside.

Mollomo said in court documents filed before District Judge Chris Flanigan that the large tan bag contained multiple Xanax bars in two small plastic bags. While police were at the scene, Mollomo said Bittinger returned to the store to retrieve the bag and he was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“(Bittinger) admitted that he accidently left the bag at the store and was aware the Xanax bars were inside the bag,” Mollomo wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

“Once we had (Bittinger) back in the station, we discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant for access device fraud filed by South Park Police and an Allegheny County constable drove out to pick him up and take him to the Allegheny County Jail to be arraigned on those charges,” said city police Capt. Robert Stafford.

When Bittinger was released from the jail in Pittsburgh he summoned a cab to return him to Greensburg, police reported.

Patrolman Hank Fontana said he was dispatched to the vicinity of Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for a report of an altercation between two men outside. Fontana reported in an affidavit that a cab driver from Z-Trip taxi service said that Bittinger attempted to run away without paying a $90 fare.

Fontana cited Bittinger for theft of service. Hearings are scheduled on the Westmoreland complaints March 7 before Flanigan.

According to on-line dockets, the county probation department filed a motion before Feliciani Monday to revoke Bittinger’s parole.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.