Pittsburgh Police responded to a burglar alarm Wednesday night at the Tree of Life building, leading to a brief investigation. No evidence of criminal activity was found, according to Shawn Brokos, director of community security for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
“There was nothing there,” Brokos said. “No forced entry, no suspicious activity, nothing on the video.”
Officials are investigating the reason for the triggering of the alarm, which was reported around 9:30 p.m.
At the time of the initial police investigation, a person connected to the congregation reported the existence of online threats against the building, but Brokos called that a “mischaracterization.”
According to the security director, an out-of-state individual tweeted that they would be coming to the Tree of Life building to stage a protest. Local police were alerted but nothing materialized.
Brokos said that police plan to increase patrols near the building. PJC