FEBRUARY 1, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus, 412-350-4714

DEPUTY SHERIFFS APPREHEND TWO FUGITIVES IN BROOKLINE

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad arrested two fugitives today in the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Deputies developed information Daniel Ankrom, 31, was staying at a residence in the 1200 block of Woodburne Avenue. They reported to the location at 8:30 a.m. this morning, where they located Ankrom and apprehended him without incident.  Ankrom had violated his probation on aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trepass and other drug charges.  He was wanted on four Allegheny County bench warrants and a family division warrant for failure to pay child support.

On May 24, 2014, police responded to reports of a burglary that occurred at a residence along Brookline Boulevard.  Once at the scene, a female victim stated an unknown actor had entered an unlocked, rear door of her home and stolen her purse, which was situated on a kitchen table at the time.  Almost immediately after the crime, the woman’s debit card was utilized to purchase merchandise at multiple retailers in West Mifflin, including the Kohl’s, Walmart and Giant Eagle stores.  Surveillance video obtained from each of the stores identified Ankrom as the actor making the credit card transactions. 

Less than two weeks later, Ankrom attempted to flee authorities after they found him tearing open coin wrappers in the parking lot between Giant Eagle and Dollar Bank in Brentwood.  Upon initial questioning, Ankrom told police he was going to cash in coins, however, he became nervous and began to shake after authorities mentioned that he was tearing open already wrapped coins and that a bank robbery had just occurred in the area.  He engaged police in a foot pursuit, throwing stamp bags of heroin from his person and dodging into a nearby dollar store.  Police encountered Ankrom near the store’s restrooms, where they apprehended the actor.

While arresting Ankrom, deputies encountered Vincent Tabone, 23, who was also inside the Woodburne Ave. residence.  Deputies checked the individual for wants and warrants, determining that the suspect was wanted on five Allegheny County bench warrants for violating his probation on robbery, criminal trespass, driving under the influence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges. Both actors were subsequently transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where they will each be held without bond until their next respective court hearings.