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Naked Man Arrested in Gnome-Assisted Burglary

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
July 03, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A naked man used a garden gnome to smash the window of a Downtown liquor store and had to be subdued with a Taser, McKeesport police said.

The suspect in the June 21 incident refused to give his name and was charged as a "John Doe" with burglary, indecent exposure, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking and public drunkenness.

He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond pending a preliiminary hearing July 15 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

McKeesport police on Wednesday said the suspect has since been identified as Antonio Burton, 33, of Pittsburgh's East End.

Police said the incident began just before 5 a.m. at the state liquor store at the corner of Market Street and Fifth Avenue.

Surveillance cameras recorded a naked man trying to break the glass front door with a brick, police said.

The video showed the brick bouncing off of the glass, police said. The man then used the gnome to shatter the glass, picked the brick back up, and threw it through the glass door, police said, setting off the burglar alarm.

Police responded and found the store empty. Two empty bottles of rum had been poured out onto the carpet, according to a police report.

A few minutes later, a resident flagged down a police officer and said he was getting ready to leave for work when he found a naked man, drinking vodka, sitting in the driver's seat of his car.

The resident ordered the man out of the car, police said. The man exited the vehicle, but threw the vodka in the resident's face and dropped an empty bottle of rum on the ground.

Police spotted a man matching the description of the suspect near the corner of Market Street and Seventh, drinking liquor from a clear bottle. Police ordered the man to surrender, according to a report, but he continued to walk toward officers, at which point a Taser was used to subdue him.

The man was "highly intoxicated" and refused to provide officers with his name or date of birth, police said.

Originally published July 03, 2019.

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