ShareThis Page
Burglary suspect charged in Hempfield heist |

Burglary suspect charged in Hempfield heist

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:01 a.m

A man charged with stealing more than $58,000 worth of items in a home burglary last month in North Huntingdon was arraigned Tuesday on charges related to a burglary in Hempfield on Dec. 19 that netted more than $10,000 worth of goods, including a pickup truck.

Tyler Lee Williams, 21, formerly of the West Hills Drive Apartment complex in Hempfield, was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy filed by state police in connection with a break-in along Austin Drive.

Police said the thieves loaded three flat-screen televisions, two laptop computers and three purses into the victim’s 2008 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck and drove away.

Trooper Ray Andrekanic reported that Williams was assisted in the 2 a.m. burglary by a teenager, who has been charged in juvenile court.

Williams and the teen entered the victim’s home by breaking a window on a sport utility vehicle parked outside and accessing a garage door opener, Andrekanic wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

“(The teenager) related that he and Williams went into the residence and stole various items. … He stated that Williams stole flat-screen televisions that he placed in the victim’s truck. The juvenile stated there was a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck (in the garage) with the keys in it,” Andrekanic wrote.

Police spotted the stolen pickup outside a Jeannette residence about 24 hours after the burglary and had it under surveillance. Andrekanic said the teenager admitted to the theft when he was stopped as he drove the vehicle away from the residence

Williams was arraigned Tuesday before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour, who doubled Williams’ bond to $100,000. He remains in the county prison.

In the North Huntingdon burglary, which occurred just a few hours after the Hempfield break-in, Williams and the teenager are accused by township Detective William Henderson of stealing multiple items, including electronics, a 2011 Toyota van and a 2009 Toyota Camry.

Township police said they tied Williams to that theft because once the vehicles were recovered, the elderly victims discovered a greeting card in the van congratulating Williams on his 21st birthday. The envelope bore his address.

Authorities said police are investigating whether Williams, the teenager, and an 18-year-old Greensburg area woman who allegedly drove the pair to the burglaries are responsible for residential and vehicle thefts in Murrysville and Fox Chapel. The female accomplice has not been charged.

Paul Peirce is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-850-2860.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter .

Categories: Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.