Peters police investigating burglary attempt by man with knife

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McMURRAY – Peters Township police are searching for a man who attempted to break in to a house in the 200 block of Julrich Drive at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday while wielding a knife.


Police Capt. Michael Yanchak said a resident of the home saw a man walk to the front door and heard someone rattle and attempt to kick the door.


When the 29-year-old resident opened the front door, the man had a knife, the resident said. An altercation began and the man attempting to enter the house stepped forward.


Yanchak said the resident punched the man in the face, causing him to stumble backward. During the altercation, the resident suffered a cut on his arm that did not require medical attention, Yanchak said.


The man then fled in an older-model, drab-blue Dodge Neon that had been backed into the drive next to the resident’s vehicle, Yanchak said.


Police believe the license plate was from Pennsylvania.


The man who attempted to enter the house is white, about 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing between 180 to 190 pounds. He is believed to be in his mid-40s with short brown hair, brown eyes. He was clean-shaven. The man was wearing a gray sweatshirt and black jeans, police said.


This is the fourth similar event in the township, with three houses in an adjacent neighborhood being burglarized Friday night, police said.


Front doors were kicked in or opened at houses on Stratford, Hemlock and Oakwood drives. Julrich Drive is connected to the Stratford Manor neighborhood through innerconnected residential streets.


Untraceable cash was taken during the Friday burglaries, with electronic items, jewelry and prescription medication being left behind, police said.


When asked if the most recent incident was related, Yanchak said it was hard to determine. However, he asked that all township residents look out for their neighbor’s residences and if anyone or anything appears to be suspicious, call 911 immediately.


He suggests homeowners watch houses to the left and right of theirs, and the three houses across the street.


“It’s not snooping, it’s being a good neighbor,” Yanchak said.


Anyone with information about the most recent burglaries and Wednesday’s incident is asked to call 911 or the police station at 724-942-5030 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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