Cops: Would-be Sewickley Township burglar ate neighbor’s plants

August 24, 2018

A Sewickley Township man is accused of eating his neighbor’s plants and trying to break into their home, according to state police.

Troy Allen Loughner II, 30, is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 bail.

Troopers were called to Emerald Avenue at 5:02 a.m. Friday by a couple who reported a loud banging on their front door and someone trying to break in, according to an affidavit. They opened the door and found a man wearing a ball cap and his pants on backwards.

“The victim related that the defendant also had her dead plants hanging out of his mouth,” Trooper Thomas Maloney wrote in the complaint.

The suspect fled to his home where police found him still wearing his pants backwards. Troopers said he smelled like burnt marijuana and appeared intoxicated. Loughner is charged with attempted burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. An Aug. 27 preliminary hearing is set.

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