Accused Blessed Sacrament burglar facing several sets of further charges

August 6, 2018

A Pittsburgh man accused in the June burglary of a Catholic school in Harrison is facing a second set of burglary charges following a November break-in at a Catholic school in Aspinwall.

Jeffrey Rahiem Chambers Jr., 36, of Langfitt Street, is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass and related misdemeanor charges.

Those charges were held for court following a preliminary hearing held Wednesday before District Judge Elissa Lang in Sharpsburg.

Aspinwall Police Officer Michael Broker, in court filings, says that Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy on Brilliant Avenue was burglarized Nov. 25.

According to Broker, the school was empty through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. When the school’s staff began to return to work, on Nov. 26, a pastor noticed a broken window and contacted police.

Officers were able to determine someone had entered the building through the basement boiler room by kicking in a door vent, Broker wrote in court documents.

A search of the property revealed about $900 in cash and coins missing from the cafeteria office and school secretary’s office. Property damage, including the broken window and door, came to more than $1,400, according to court documents.

Broker says in court documents the day following the reported burglary an officer from the Hampton Township Police Department reached out to say a suspect, later identified as Chambers, had just confessed to the burglary during a recorded interview.

A review of the recorded interview, according to court documents, revealed Chambers claiming sole responsibility for the burglary.

Chambers is detained in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh in lieu of several monetary bonds while awaiting a formal arraignment scheduled for Sept. 20 in Pittsburgh.

Chambers is also facing burglary charges out of Harrison, where police say he broke into the Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School, along Montana Avenue, before leading officers on a high speed chase. A pre-trial conference on those charges is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Chambers also is scheduled for multiple sentencing hearings and non-jury trials on burglary charges out of Ohio Township, Hampton, Robinson Township and Mt. Lebanon. He will have a preliminary hearing on further burglary charges out of Monroeville on Monday, a formal arraignment on weapons charges on Aug. 28 and a formal arraignment on burglary charges out of Pittsburgh on Aug. 31.