Gun-toting Pittsburgh shop owner foils possible theft |

Gun-toting Pittsburgh shop owner foils possible theft

A suspected burglar was caught by Pittsburgh police early Wednesday after they say he was confronted by a gun-toting shop owner and forced to drop the merchandise he was carrying.

Robert Evans, 51, of North Point Breeze was arrested at 12:49 a.m. at B&R Pools and Swim Shop in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard in Larimer, according to Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sonya M. Toler.

The shop owner, who is licensed to carry a gun, told police that he saw a man coming out of the shop carrying merchandise. The owner said when he pointed a gun at the burglar and told him that police — who were alerted when the security alarm was activated — were on the way, the suspect dropped the merchandise and ran.

Police caught up with Evans on Washington Boulevard. They tried to use a stun gun on him to no avail so an officer hit him in the thigh with a tactical baton, causing him to fall and allowing police to handcuff him, Toler said. Officers said they found a pocket knife in Evans’ pocket.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at [email protected].

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