Couple Accused of Ross Township Christmas Eve Burglary Face Judge
The man's mother also appeared in court.
The niece of a North Hills Pastor and the woman's boyfriend, who are charged with breaking into her uncle's home on Christmas Eve, and stealing several items, including a gun, will stand trial.
Ross police said Jessica Hirth and her boyfriend, Jeremiah Kelly stole a handgun, laptop, credit cards, personal checks and rare coins Monday night from the home of Rev. Michael Guthrie, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in West View.
The gun belonged to Guthrie's late son, a missionary pilot, who died in a plane crash in Florida in 2010.
Kelly's mother, Teresa Lenz, 53, of Ross, is charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing administration of the law. She is accused of attempting to hide her son and his girlfriend when a Ross police officer knocked on her door in an attempt to recover the stolen items.
Police said Guthrie told them that he suspected that his niece and her boyfriend were responsible for the burglary because of their known drug addiction.
All three waived their rights to preliminary hearings Wednesday before District Magistrate Richard Opiela.
Police said they were able to locate the couple because they allegedly stole a vehicle from Shaler Township which was equipped with OnStar, which enabled police to track the vehicle's location.
Hirth and Kelly remain in the Allegheny County jail. Lenz is free on bond.