Andrew Clinton, 20, was released from jail on probation on June 8 pending trial on multiple counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Clinton was accused by several members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community of stealing items from their homes. In April, Pittsburgh Police confiscated a large collection of Jewish items from Clinton’s home. At the time, they urged anyone who could identify their property from photos in the Chronicle and other news sites to come forward.
According to Det. Francesco Rosato Jr., Clinton posed as a handyman to gain access to homes in Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel and O’Hara Township. He has been known to impersonate a home improvement contractor, general contractor, landscaper, HVAC technician and gynecological resident.
At times, Clinton, who is not Jewish, purported to either be Jewish or someone wishing to convert. He attended functions at Jewish institutions before rabbis and others expressed concern. After community leaders consulted with Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Community Security Director Shawn Brokos, Clinton was banned from several Jewish institutions due to his questionable behavior.
Clinton has posted messages on the Jewish Pittsburgh Facebook group under the false account of “Paul Wolfe,” according to Brokos.
Brokos urges anyone with immediate concerns for their safety, or if they are a victim of Clinton’s and he attempts contact, to call 911.