CRANBERRY TWP — Township police have arrested of a man they believe is a suspect in the rash of car break ins that have been occurring in the township and surrounding communities — catching him in the act.
Timothy Ronald Tubridy, 36, of Cranberry Township, led police on a chase into Beaver County, that police ended after the vehicle Tubridy was driving reached speeds more than 80 mph. He was later stopped by New Sewickley Township police and taken into custody.
According to Cranberry police, shortly before midnight Monday morning, police were called to Windsor Court for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood.
Residents watched as the driver of a white Chevrolet Impala, later identified at Tubridy, parked his car and begin checking door handles on vehicles parked in driveways, police said.
When Cranberry officers arrived, they tried to stop the vehicle, but Tubridy sped away from police with the pursuit traveling into Beaver County. The pursuit was stopped because of safety.
As officers went to Tubridy’s home on Glen Rape Road, New Sewickley Township Police notified Cranberry Township officers that they had stopped Tubridy's vehicle on Brunner Road after a brief chase. He was then taken into custody by Cranberry officers.
Police said Tubridy had in his possession the wallet and contents belonging to a resident of Windsor Court, who was unaware that his property was stolen.
A search of Tubridy’s home by police turned up two handguns, electronics and personal effects that were stolen from unlocked vehicles throughout the township, police said.
During the search, Tubridy attempted to escape police custody, but was recaptured after a short foot chase, officers said.
There has been a recent rash of car break-ins in Cranberry Township.
Police had received 18 reports of thefts from motor vehicles since June 17. Some of those reports involved multiple cars and victims. In nearly every case, the car doors were unlocked.
Tubridy is currently charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, escape, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, driving without lights to avoid arrest and theft from a motor vehicle. More charges may be pending.
He was arraigned before Slippery Rock District Judge Tim Schaffer Monday and is being held at the Butler County Prison on $50,000 cash bond.