MAY 11, 2016

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

BURGLARY FUGITIVE, WHO TAUNTED POLICE, FOUND
HIDING IN ATTIC OF NORTH SIDE RESIDENCE

PITTSBURGH, PA - Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Heath Emory Miller, 25 years of age from the Mt. Washington neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.  Miller was wanted on five criminal bench warrants issued on May 2, 2016 for a Violation of Probation/Parole.  The warrants range in charges, such as Burglary, Theft and Receiving Stolen Property, all of which concern a string of burglaries occurring in Ross Township and West View.

On Monday evening, sheriff’s deputies attempted to execute Miller’s collection of warrants, as he was seen in a park in the Springhill neighborhood of the city.  Miller viewed deputies before they were able to spot him and eluded authorities by hiding in a nearby wooded area.  Later than evening, Miller took to Facebook and stated, “They call me the gingerbread man.  Catch me if u (sic) can.  I’m running as fast as I can.  Time for new scenery and a new state (expletive) Pgh.”  

The following evening, newly acquired information led deputies to Miller’s girlfriend’s residence in Shaler Twp.  Jacklyn Waskiewicz, 27 years of age, was taken into custody due to Hindering Apprehension, as she had been providing Miller with transportation during this ongoing investigation.  Upon hearing of Waskiewicz’s arrest, Miller again posted on Facebook, “You gotta be quicker then (sic) that lol. Gingerbread man I told y’all mother(expletive)s just leave me alone.”

Early this afternoon, deputies obtained information, in collaboration with Ross Township Police with an address that Miller was known to frequent in the North Side neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.  Deputies and Ross Police converged on a home in the 3200 block of Lecky Avenue, where Miller was found frantically hiding from authorities in the attic.

Miller was transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where he was lodged on the five criminal bench warrants and will await a hearing in the next few days.

For media requesting a photo of Miller, please visit the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office website or social media outlets.