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Posted: November 09, 2017

Landlord being called hero after catching alleged package thief

(WPXI.com)
(WPXI.com)

By WPXI.com

PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh area landlord Mike McSorley was at a loss for words as he looked back at pictures of himself stopping a suspected package thief right in his tracks.

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"I approached him and asked him if I could talk to him for a second,” McSorley said.

McSorley's co-workers snapped the photos moments after he confronted the man on a North Oakland corner Thursday afternoon.

"I think he realized the gig was up and he kind of ran into me and I grabbed him and got him on the ground,” McSorley said.

He continued to hold him down until police got there.

Pittsburgh police confirm they arrested and charged the man, 42-year-old David Samuel. 

They say he's responsible for at least two package thefts at an apartment building on Melwood Avenue. 
McSorley shared a video with WPXI showing Samuel allegedly in the act.

He said he's not sure he would do something like this again and has a message to the suspect.

"I just hope whatever is causing him to do this.... I hope he can get his life together,” McSorley said.

McSorley knows a thing or two about defending himself. He coaches and trains several professional boxers. 

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