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Accused Burglar Says 'Sorry, Man' After Entering Moon Apartment

Moon Township Police blotter for Friday, Dec. 28.

A Monroeville man who Moon Police charged with burglary said he was "looking for a friend" when he stumbled into a woman's apartment at 3:30 a.m. one morning. 

Police said 20-year-old Joseph Douglas Stoberski walked into a woman's Kris Drive apartment in the early morning of Dec. 22, startling the apartment's residents and prompting the woman's boyfriend to tackle Stoberski in the apartment. 

Stoberski is also charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking in connection to the incident. 

The woman told police she awoke after 3 a.m. to find a man standing in her bedroom and rifling through her dresser drawer, according to a complaint filed by Moon Officer Weston Wagner. 

After the man left the bedroom, the woman at first believed he was her teenage son, but alerted her boyfriend that an unknown man was in the apartment after she found her son asleep in his bed, according to the complaint. 

The couple confronted Stoberski, who they found standing in the kitchen. 

Wagner wrote that Stoberski did not identify himself to the couple and offered no explanation as to why he was in the apartment. 

"Oh, it's just me. I'm sorry, man. I'll go now," he told the couple, according to the complaint.

The woman's boyfriend wrestled Stoberski to the ground until police arrived. 

Stoberski told police that he had been at a party in a nearby apartment, left to go to an area bar and was dropped off at some point later at the entrance of the Thorn Run apartment complex. He said he believed the victim's apartment belonged to his friend, according to the complaint. 

Police said Stoberski, who was visibly intoxicated when police arrived, could not account for where he was between 2 a.m., the latest he could have been served alcohol at a bar, and 3:30 a.m., when the incident occurred.

No items were missing, though police found a cell phone and bra belonging to the apartment's residents in the kitchen, where the couple found Stoberski standing. 

No one was injured in the incident and Stoberski was taken to the Allegheny County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Coraopolis District Court. 

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Moon Police responded to the following incidents and made the following recent arrests. Each item is a reflection of police records and does not indicate guilt or a conviction. 

  • Christine Lynn Heusy, 41, of Beaver Falls, was charged Dec. 24 with retail theft at Super Kmart on Market Place Boulevard. Police said she attempted to push a shopping cart full of items out of the store, and also concealed items in her coat. The total retail value of the theft was $1,433.08, according to police. Heusy was taken to the Allegheny County Jail following the incident. 
  • Nicholas A. Mariano, 24, of Moon Township, was charged Dec. 25 with possession of marijuana on Newtown Square. 
  • Paulette Hostetler, 68, of Pittsburgh, was charged Dec. 23, with retail theft at Super Kmart in Moon. 

 

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