Brookline Man Arrested for Giant Eagle Robbery

A man is charged for the same offense for the second time in just over a year.

A man with a history of stealing from the Giant Eagle in Whitehall Borough's Caste Village is charged with doing the same thing again after he led police from Whitehall and Castle Shannon boroughs, and Bethel Park, on a search for him through Whitehall on Saturday.

Brenton Fawcett, 37, of 353 Brookline Blvd. in Brookline, was arrested that day and taken to the Allegheny County Jail on charges of robbery, receiving stolen property, retail theft and defiant trespass for stealing DVDs and other merchandise from Giant Eagle at around 1:03 p.m., Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said.

Dolfi explained that the trespass charge stems from a restriction placed on Fawcett from entering that Giant Eagle after Fawcett pleaded guilty in June to a September 2011 attempted retail theft there. On that occasion, Fawcett attempted to steal DVDs before the store manager prevented him from leaving the store.

Police responded to the Caste Village Giant Eagle on Saturday after hearing that Fawcett was involved in another altercation with the store's manager, Dolfi said.

The manager was not injured, Dolfi said, but Fawcett got away from the manager this time and fled the store. According to an eyewitness, Fawcett, while running away, dropped a bag containing some items near the intersection of Springmeadow Court and Grove Road.

Whitehall police shared Fawcett's description with Castle Shannon and Bethel Park police, who helped to search for the suspect. Eventually, Whitehall police found and arrested Fawcett on nearby Caste Drive.

The bag that Fawcett dropped contained the stolen goods, Dolfi said.

Read through other Whitehall police items here.

This article originally appeared on Baldwin-Whitehall Patch.

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MSgt. John DeLallo November 08, 2012 at 02:20 PM
That's it. This case proves to me its far more lucrative to become a criminal than it is to be an honest citizen scraping by on Social Security. Zappala and his crack team of ADA's strike again! And the judges allow this to happen? In the end the judge can say "no" to plea bargains. We actually have prisons in Pennsylvania. I wonder why they are not used more efficiently. (In keeping with an admonition from the editors of the Patch, no specific information regarding the alleged actor is referred to, nor is the website where one can garner information. Sorry, but you'll have to look it up yourself.)
Erin Faulk November 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Thanks, John. You're welcome to post the link to the PA Judicial System Web Portal if you'd like. The site is public and contains info that is public record, so there's no problem with posting the link.
worried November 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
FYI - That is NOT his address. I know that is probably what information was in the records, but he doesn't live there.
Robert Edward Healy, III November 08, 2012 at 06:55 PM
worried, If you wish to have the address changed, email me at robert.healyiii@patch.com. We can go over that.


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