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Two Charged in Wrestleplex Burglary

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
June 30, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two McKeesport residents face formal arraignment Aug. 25 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in connection with a burglary at the PWX Wrestleplex on Beacon Street.

Larry D. Bryan, 39, and Brian L. Kellum, 38, are charged by McKeesport police with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and theft by unlawful taking. Bryan is currently free on $5,000 percentage bond, court officials said, while Kellum is free on his own recognizance.

Police said they are still seeking a possible accomplice in the break-in.

The Wrestleplex is a venue for professional wrestling which also broadcasts events on the Internet. According to a police report, McKeesport police were dispatched to the facility off Evans Avenue just before 8 a.m. June 10.

The property owner told police that witnesses called him to report suspicious activity by two men around the building. When he arrived, he found audio and video equipment missing, including cameras, computers, mixing boards, microphones and accessories.

Also missing were gift shop items, a speaker and several cases of refreshments from a snack bar, police said.

Police questioned a man, later identified as Kellum, who reported that some of the items suspected to be stolen were at an apartment on Evans Avenue. The resident of that apartment reported that she had paid a man whom she identified as Bryan $500 for the audio and video equipment.

According to a police report, officers have recovered a microphone, mixing board, two cameras and some electrical connectors, but numerous items are still missing. The value of the missing items was not immediately known.

Kellum was ordered held for court Monday following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr., while Bryan waived his charges to court, records indicate.

Originally published June 30, 2017.

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