Homeless man arrested in Speers burglary

July 30, 2014
Jesse Suppa

SPEERS – A homeless man suspected in as many as three Mon Valley burglaries was arrested Tuesday on charges he broke into his mother’s house and stole her gold watch valued at $6,000.

Jesse William Suppa, 20, was placed in Washington County jail on $150,000 bond as police in nearby Washington and Rostraver townships prepared to file additional charges against him, a Washington County court official said. Suppa also may be tied to a similar crime in Perryopolis, Fayette County.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after his mother, Gina Suppa, summoned Charleroi Regional police to her residence on Crest Street in Speers to report her son had also broken into her ex-husband’s residence, court records state. The investigation further alleged he sold his mother’s watch July 8 for nearly $200 at a pawn shop in Perryopolis.

Gina Suppa said her son was staying alternate nights at each of his parents’ homes until being kicked out about five months ago over his alleged drug problem. She said he since was sleeping in motels.

Police apprehended him as a passenger in a traffic stop about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. An officer accused him of having a syringe at the time, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Larry Hopkins.

He is charged by Charleroi Regional police with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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