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Police Say Man Brought Young Boy Along For Burglary

Police say a man burglarized a Bridgeville home and brought his 7-year-old nephew during the heist.

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. – say a man burglarized a vacant Bridgeville home Tuesday afternoon and brought his 7-year-old nephew to help with the heist.

A witness told police he saw William Gregory, 21, of Carnegie, “loafing around” with a young boy near a vacant home on Baldwin Street and watched them walk around the back.

The man followed the two around and noticed the back door was forced open. The witness told investigators he heard rattling in the basement and created a commotion that startled them.

Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said that’s when Gregory smashed a window in the side of the house and “hoisted” the boy out through the shattered glass. Gregory suffered a gash, but ran from police officers before they quickly caught up with him and the boy.

“That kid could’ve gotten sliced up when he put him through the window,” King said.

In fact, the boy had been cut before and appeared to have homemade stitches closing a “huge V-shaped” wound.

“It looked like Dr. Frankenstein stitched him up,” King said. “He had been cut up earlier.”

King wonders if Gregory and the boy were involved in other burglaries at the home since most of the copper pipes had already been ripped out. King declined to charge the boy with any crimes because of his age, but suspects he might have had more of a role in the burglary than being a spectator.

Police charged Gregory with burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, endangering welfare of a child, corruption of minors. He was arraigned by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet and is being held at Allegheny County Jail.

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amanda May 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
im done argurin you werid people period grow up please . and i dont need anything im grown . so like i said before if you dont know my family dont say anything about them . goodbye haters !
Kim May 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Perhaps this young man should be trying to find a JOB on a Tuesday afternoon rather than stealing from people. Also, why wasn't the 7 year old in school?
Susan May 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Good questions Kim. But it looks like from the post made by b. smith, they have just been too busy for job hunting and school. I guess Amanda sees nothing wrong with her boyfriend taking her brother out on a little B and E adventure, since we're the weird ones and just mean old haters. What a distorted view of reality.
Dean Beattie May 19, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I have to say, nothing surprises me anymore. Something else that comes to mind while I am thinking about this. What if this guy decided to burglarize a home that wasn't vacant and someone was at home and decided to defend their home and shoot or fight of this guy. This poor child could of been in the crossfire and gotten hurt. I know this isn't the case, but just something I thought about and that could realistically happen. And I'm sorry, trouble just doesn't "follow" people.
b smith May 20, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Kim that is what I was thinking. If the year old is in school and William was pounding the pavement to one of 100 places in walking distance trying to find a job this wouldn't even have happened. I know half a dozen places within 5 minutes walk from there that he could have a job, places that even hire guys trying to walk the straight and narrow after living life the other way. I understand its not going to be easy or glamorous but nothing in life worth anything is easy. Its a bad situation for the child all around.

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