Police charge homeless man with 16 East End break-ins |

Police charge homeless man with 16 East End break-ins

Pittsburgh police arrested a homeless man yesterday on charges connected to 16 burglaries in Shadyside, Oakland and other East End neighborhoods.

Police filed burglary and theft charges against Derrell Mathews, 38, for a string of break-ins stretching from June through the end of October.

Mathews, who police said was cooperative, stole electronics, rings, coin jars and an electric guitar, among other items, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said they identified Mathews through surveillance video of him using a stolen credit card, and tied him to a June 30 burglary when he pawned a stolen guitar. When he was taken into custody, he admitted to 16 burglaries and one attempted break-in, according to the criminal complaint.

Mathews told police he couldn’t find a job after his release from prison and was supporting himself through the thefts, eventually living in a car he stole from a Bloomfield woman, according to the complaint.

Mathews is at the Allegheny County Jail, police said. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

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