Residents have been urged to report thefts after the transport of suspected stolen property discovered in Squirrel Hill

A Squirrel Hill man charged in connection with a series of burglaries at Fox Chapel and O’Hara is also charged with posing as a contractor and defrauding residents around Squirrel Hill, police said Wednesday.

Andrew Clinton, 20, was arrested in early April after a series of burglaries over the course of a year. He has remained in jail since his arrest, unable to post $20,000 bond.

A warrant served last week at Clinton’s parents’ Squirrel Hill home by Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police revealed “large amounts” of suspected stolen property. Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Cara Cruz said those items included Judaica, books, portraits and religious relics, many of which have not been reported as stolen.

Additionally, Cruz said, police are investigating Clinton for allegedly impersonating a contractor, landscaper and HVAC technician, defrauding multiple victims in his neighborhood along the way.

Pittsburgh police provided photos of some of the apparently stolen items, including dozens of paintings and portraits, china and other artwork.

Anyone who thinks they were a victim of Clinton is urged to contact Area 4 investigators and ask for Det. Frank Rosato at 412-422-6520.

Police began investigating Clinton on March 28 when they responded to a car stuck in the mud along Field Club Road in Fox Chapel around 6:20 a.m. Clinton, who was driving the car, told police that he got stuck in the mud after pulling over to put an address in his GPS, according to a criminal complaint filed in connection with the Fox Chapel and O’Hara burglaries.

The complaint says the responding officer noticed Clinton’s driver’s license was damaged, which Clinton explained by saying he often used the license to enter his home when he locked himself in.

An hour earlier, police say, a Ring camera at a house on Field Club Road had recorded a person wearing white three-stripe Adidas tennis shoes and a North Face jacket with distinctive markings on the sleeves walking past the porch.

The owners discovered hours later that their home had been broken into, according to the complaint.

Investigators said the man captured in Ring footage was linked to three other burglaries at O’Hara in February 2021. Surveillance footage from one of those burglaries showed a similar-looking man wearing the same jacket North Face, according to the complaint.

Police also linked the suspect to a break-in at Fox Chapel last August, according to the complaint. In that burglary, the suspect took a brass lamp, two portable stereos, a men’s watch and cufflinks, police said.

The complaint said Clinton was arrested in connection with burglaries in Pittsburgh on October 3, 2020 and February 13, 2021.

Police said they staked out Clinton’s Squirrel Hill home and saw him wearing white-striped Adidas tennis shoes, matching those in surveillance footage, according to the complaint.

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