Friday, September 17, 2010

North Side flea market had neighbors suspicious of illegal activities

The SWAT team leaves the scene on the North Side.

Neighbors of The Swap Meet for years have known the eccentric North Side flea market as a good place to get a cheap T-shirt or a pair of sneakers, but also as the subject of quiet suspicion. Loiterers lurked in the alley. Cars arrived after dusk. A buzzer was pressed to get inside. It all seemed a little shady. Those suspicions were confirmed on Wednesday, after a failed heist at the Swap Meet ended in a shootout and the arrests of four men, including the store's owner. Police said they discovered the store on Brighton Road also was being used as a marijuana packaging operation. -Sadie Gunman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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