PITTSBURGH, PA - Melissa Santoro, 28, of Banksville, was apprehended by deputy sheriffs this morning in Scott Township. One of Allegheny County’s Most Wanted Fugitives, Santoro was sought on a bench warrant issued June 3, for her arrest regarding the charges of robbery, recklessly endangering another person and criminal attempt charges.
Santoro, suspected for committing four armed robberies in the Banksville and Dormont areas, was sentenced to house arrest on March 31, as a condition of her bond. The robberies began January 14, when Santoro walked into the Sunoco gas station on Banksville Road, withdrew a black, plastic gun, pointed it at the cashiers and demanded money. The following day, the actor used what is believed to be the same fake gun to steal money from a nearby Rite Aid. On February 9, Santoro went to Jet’s Pizza in Dormont, approached the cashier and pulled out a black, semiautomatic hand gun. She fled the store, without money, when a large man appeared from the back of the counter. Within minutes, Santoro returned to the Banksville Sunoco, stealing money and a pack of cigarettes. Upon her arrest in February, Santoro told police she stole money to buy dog food and kitty litter.
Santoro was placed on the Most Wanted Fugitives list on June 3, when she removed her electronic monitoring device. She has absconded authorities since that date. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad today received intelligence Santoro was staying with a family friend at a residence along John Street in Scott Township. Sheriff’s deputies reported to the location, where they subsequently found the actor hiding in the attic. Santoro was arrested without incident and transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where she will be held without bond until her next court date.