PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man was arrested after allegedly robbing a Shadyside jewelry store.
Pittsburgh Police say a burglar alarm at Henne Jewelers on 5500 block of Walnut Street went off just after 5 a.m. Friday morning.
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“Minutes, and there’s multiple cars, multiple police officers,” Henne Jewelers President John Henne said inside his store Friday.
“They have the whole scene covered.”
When police arrived on scene, they say they found no signs of forced entry on the exterior of the building.
After being let inside, police say they found debris and “ceiling tile remnants” on a desk. The ceiling above was reportedly damaged and an open air duct was exposed.
Court papers said officers found a person in the air duct in the ceiling.
“They caught him almost instantly,” Henne said.
Police say they climbed onto the roof where they saw a man hiding by the air conditioners and ventilation systems.
He wasn’t armed but had a flashlight, crowbar and other tools officers see in burglaries. He was identified as 22-year-old Vincent Legrande.
Legrande told investigators he used the air duct to get into the Henne offices. After he broke through the ceiling, alarms went off and he tried to get away.
“Our alarm system is the best, and it triggers instantly if anybody attempts to get in or gets in, in any way,” Henne said.