Man accused of burglary in 3 AK Valley towns searched for open doors, police say
August 13 — A man accused of attempting to rob houses in Frazer also faces burglary charges in two other towns in the Alle-Kiski valley.
Frazer police arrested Eric Allen Shank, 35, of Indiana, Indiana County on Tuesday.
In a criminal complaint, Frazer police said Shank told them he was going to enter homes to steal items if he found a door open.
According to the complaint, police said officers proceeded to block 100 of Log Cabin Road at around 1:15 p.m. in response to a report of a suspicious person. A woman said she saw a man trying on numerous doorknobs around her residence, trying to enter. Maybe he had a stone in his hand.
When the police arrived, the woman told them that the man was near his parents’ house. Police learned he was on the back porch, trying to get in.
A resident said the man told him he was looking for a lost puppy.
Police said when officers approached the man and identified themselves, the man approached one, turned around and put his hands behind his back.
The man identified himself as Shank. Police learned he had multiple warrants, including one in Allegheny County and one in Westmoreland County.
New Kensington police charged Shank with burglary in an incident Monday, according to court records. He is expected to be brought to justice on the charge Tuesday before District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.
Lower Burrell Police have charged Shank with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property in incidents that took place on July 10 and 15. Lower Burrell Police also charged him with theft and receiving stolen property in a May case.
When he was arrested in Frazer, police said Shank had a bag containing a needle and a spoon in a blunt wrapper.
Shank was arraigned Wednesday and sent to Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh on $ 10,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the burglary charges in Frazer on August 23 before District Judge David J. Sosovicka.
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