Richland Man Faces 32 Charges for Burglaries and Thefts in Pine-Richland Area

Stephen Hudec, 20, is charged with stealing items from residences and unattended vehicles.

A 20-year-old Richland man is charged with going on a crime spree in the Pine-Richland area, breaking into homes and cars to steal thousands of dollars worth of electronics, a gun, cash and other items to support his drug addiction, according to court documents.

Stephen Paul Hudec appeared Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge William K. Wagner for a preliminary hearing, but it was postponed for a week.

He faces 32 charges—nine counts of burglary; 14 counts of theft; two counts of loitering and prowling at night; three counts of receiving stolen property; and four counts of criminal conspiracy.

The burglaries occurred between July and October, police said.

Six burglaries occurred near Hudec's Elgro Road residence in Richland Township—three on Richland Road and one each on Elgro, Ben Miller and Shepard roads, according to the criminal complaint.

In addition, he is charged with burglarizing Richland homes on Woodhill Road and James Lane as well as a Pine home on Summit Circle.

Hudec also faces 39 charges in Hampton Township for burglary; theft; loitering and prowling; receiving stolen property; criminal trespass; criminal attempt-burglary; and conspiracy. His preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Blaschak is set for Jan. 23.

Northern Regional Police worked in conjunction with Hampton Township police to investigate burglaries and vehicle break-ins within the Pine-Richland and Hampton communities.

Hampton Detective Rob Kirsopp conducted interviews with Hudec, who admitted to crimes within those communities, according to the criminal complaint.

Northern Regional Police Officer Scott Rick interviewed Hudec on Oct. 22, the complaint states.

“Hudec admitted to being involved in numerous residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins during the course of several months to pay for drug dependency problem,” the complaint states.

“Hudec would either pawn items at different pawn shops, sell items on the streets of Pittsburgh or trade items for drugs,” court documents state.

Stolen items included an Apple Macbook, iPods, iPads, X-Boxes, GPS units, prescription glasses, Oakley sunglasses, gift cards, cameras and chainsaws, the complaint states.

Because of the large number of crimes and time frame, Hudec agreed to being driven around by Northern Regional’s Officer Rick and Hampton Detective Kirsopp to point out burglarized residences, according to the criminal complaint.

Hudec admitted to entering homes through unlocked doors, sometimes while the residents were home, the complaint states.

He also admitted to entering numerous vehicles on Woodhill Drive, Valleyvue Drive, Summit Circle, Whetherburn Drive, Heights Drive, Fairview Drive, Richland Road, Salem Heights, Tartan Road, Hamilton Road, Shepard Road and Ben Miller Road, court documents show.

Hudec is charged with burglarizing an Elgro Road home in September with co-defendant Tyler Gazdik, of Gibsonia, the complaint states.

As Gazdik talked with the homeowner outside, Hudek entered the home through a rear basement window, court documents show. The homeowner told police she did not find money or jewelry missing, but she did notice items in the basement had been moved, according to the complaint.

Hudek also told police he took an X-Box, accessories and games; a box of alcohol; a chainsaw and cash from a Ben Miller Road residence while the residents slept and Gazdik was the lookout, the complaint states.

Hudek faces four felony charges of conspiring with Gazdik, who also is charged burglary, conspiracy, theft, loitering and prowling at nighttime in the Hampton and Pine-Richland areas.

When Hudek attempted to burglarize a Richland Road home in mid-July by entering through an unlocked basement door, he was confronted by the homeowner who scared him out of the house, court documents show.

While riding with police, Hudec admitted to having stolen items in his home that he wanted to give to police, court documents state. A chainsaw and cameras were recovered, police said.


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Cindy Cusic Micco December 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I deleted a comment because it presumed the defendants are guilty. No one has been convicted of anything.
Lori December 23, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ashley December 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hush, Lori. Your comments on articles about him are just plain annoying now. You don't have a close connection with the family so enough.
Patrick December 25, 2012 at 04:50 AM
thank you lori this needs to be taken down he is my cousin so take it down!
Lori December 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I was with the family when I wrote this. And Ashley who are you? Not one girl named Ashley stopped by the house to visit the family. So you are???
Unknown December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
This is such a very sad situation. My heart goes out to this family, as it is apparent that they were not able to help their child overcome his addiction, leaving them with the heartwrenching feeling of helplessness and failure. Addiction is a very devastating illness and truly effects all of the people in the addict's life, as well as taking total control of the addict- mind, body and soul- causing them to do things that they normally would not do, prior to their addiction. I do feel for the people that have had "items" taken from their homes and vehicles, that of which I am sure they have worked very hard at earning the money to purchase. I am not discounting the criminal actions that were committed, causing these people to have had said "items" taken from them (agreed- they were violated!). What I am saying is that this family has had one of their precious members taken from them- twice. First, when his addiction took over the control of his life; and now for the second time when his life was lost.
Maria Jose Tobar February 03, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Wow, I wonder how much damage he did to the places he broke into. They probably needed a ton of renovations! I wonder how people get over something like that. I'd be scared to go to sleep at night! http://www.masterpainting.ca/renovations


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