Police activity week of 03-02-09 through 03-08-09

03-02-09 03:22 Hours Sgt. B. Eidell – Public Drunkenness
W. Baltimore Ave. – The listed offender was walking west on the north side of W. Baltimore Avenue when he fell onto his back. The reporting party, who was plowing the Lansdowne Plaza parking lot, had observed the offender staggering down the street just before he fell. The reporting party dialed 911 and awaited the arrival of the police. Officers asked the offender if he was injured. He stated that he was not but his speech was very slurred and he was unable to get up without assistance. The offender lived at Wildman Arms so he was transported home and helped into his apartment. The offender was so intoxicated that he was advised that he would be receiving a citation for Public Drunkenness for his actions. He asked us about his vehicle, a green Jeep Cherokee, which he apparently left outside of whatever bar he had been in drinking. He did have his car keys on his person, but we have no idea where his vehicle is parked.


03-02-09 12:31 Hours Sgt. J. Eisenhart – Harassment
200 Block of Berkley Ave. – Received a report of a 911 hand up from 200 block of Berkley Ave. This officer responded and came in contact with the victim. She answered the door crying and began saying, “I want him out of the house.” The victim was bleeding slightly from her lips and they were swollen. She stated that her boyfriend hit her in the face, causing her lips to bleed. The offender stated that he hit her after she hit him. There were no visible marks on the offender. The victim refused treatment and stated that she did not want the offender arrested; only removed from the house. Officers did make the decision to arrest the offender for summary harassment. He was returned to police headquarters and issued a citation.


03-03-09 15:25 Hours Sgt. J. Eisenhart -Theft under $50. Retail Theft
Unit Block of E. Baltimore (Rite-Aid) – Received a report of a shoplifter in custody at the Rite Aid Store. Police responded and located the store loss prevention officer in the office. He had in custody the defendant. The Loss prevention officer stated he observed the defendant enter the store and remove a pair of Foster Grant Polarized black sunglasses from the display valued at $19.99. The defendant walked away from the display, tore the price tag off of the glasses and placed the glasses in his pocket. He then exited the store without attempting to pay for the item. Defendant was arresteded, processed and cited for retail theft.


03-03-09 00:00 Hours Sgt. J. McCaughan – Robbery-Armed-Knife-Highway
Unit Block of N. Wycombe Ave.- The victim stated that he was walking home from the Atlantic Lounge on Long Lane in Upper Darby when he was attacked from behind with a punch to the head that knocked him to the ground. The victim stated that the actor then got on top of him on his back as he was lying prone on the ground and that he felt his wallet chain being tugged. He stated the actor removed his wallet from his right rear pocket, removed $72 dollars from it and also took his 2.5 inch folding knife. The victim stated he struggled with the actor but the actor had his arm around his throat, then put a knife up to his throat and tried to slash his throat. The victim stated he was able to keep the actor from slicing his throat and only received a minor laceration. The actor made off with his money and his knife. The knife was found by the victim and supposed to be engraved with “Electrical Supply” on it. The victim was intoxicated at the time of this report and there were some parts of the story that were difficult to believe. Police checked the area where the incident was supposed to have occurred and found no signs of a struggle in the snow in that area. The victims’ clothes also did not appear to be wet anywhere such as the knees from being knocked down and lying prone in the snow and ice. It is possible that the incident actually took place somewhere in Upper Darby and the victim was confused.


03-04-09 01:06 Sgt. J. McCaughan – Public Drunkenness
N. Highland Ave. – This officer was in the area of E. Stratford Ave and N. Highland Ave when the defendant was observed staggering eastbound on the sidewalk on E. Stratford towards N. Highland. The defendant staggered into the street several times and was having a hard time maintaining his balance. The defendant was stopped where it was determined that he was manifestly under the influence of alcohol and /or a controlled substance to a degree that he was a danger to himself and others. The defendant was taken into to custody and returned to police headquarters where he was processed and then issued a citation of public drunkenness and then driven home where he was seen safely to his apartment.


03-04-09 03:23 Hours Sgt. J. McCaughan – Driving under the influence
100 Block of N. Union Ave.- Report of a suspicious vehicle described as a silver Lexus parked behind 100 block of N. Union ave occupied by two black males and a black female. On arrival the vehicle was parked and running and as this officer approached the vehicle the strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected in the air. The driver window of the Lexus was partially open as this officer was approaching the vehicle the driver started to back up and was ordered to stop the vehicle and turn the vehicle off. There were four occupants in the vehicle. Rear seat passenger was repeatedly warned to keep her hands visible as she was attempting to reach into her purse, she was advised to stop reaching and sit still. The driver of the vehicle had an odor of alcoholic beverage and marijuana on her person, she also had glassy eyes, and she was arrested for DUI.


03-05-09 00:45 Ptl. C. Craig-Criminal Mischief to Automobiles
100 Block S. Lansdowne Ave. – Police responded to 100 Block of S. Lansdowne Ave. for a report of a vandalism to vehicle discovered. On location, the reporting party states that he had arrived home to his apartment at approximately 22:30 hours on 3-4-09 and parked the vehicle, Nissan Maxima, in the rear parking lot complex. The reporting party states that at approximately 00:44 hours 3-5-09 he returned to the vehicle and found that the right front passenger window was smashed out. This officer did check the interior of the vehicle to see if anything was thrown through the window with negative results. The reporting party states nothing is missing from the vehicle at this time.


03-05-09 21:12 Hours Ptl. M. McGinnis – Criminal Mischief to Automobiles
100 Block Berkley Ave. – Report of criminal mischief to vehicle discovered. Victim stated that he came home and discovered damage to his 2001 Buick which has been parked in the rear of his property for over a month. The damage consists of 4 flat tires, 2 broken side mirrors, dented fenders and hood, slices in the seats and what smells like bleach dumped in the interior. The victim indicated that due to the vehicle being snow covered he cannot narrow the time frame when the damage occurred. There are no known suspects.


03-06-09 17:15 Hours Sgt. J. Eisenhart – M.V. Theft
Unit Block Nyack Ave. – The complainant called the police station and asked if we had any reports of a Ford Focus being towed off the lot from 22-24 Nyack Ave. Writer advised the complainant that no one has contacted our department as yet about towing this vehicle. The complainant reports that his mother’s vehicle a 2002 Ford Focus registered in Texas but bearing no license plates has been parked for several months in the lot of 22-24 Nyack Ave. He last noticed the vehicle there this morning. This afternoon, he reported the theft of the tags from the vehicle. The complainant states he contacted the property manager and he did not authorize a tow for any vehicle on his lot. The vehicle was entered into NCIC.


03-06-09 08:20 Hours Ptl. L. Albertoli – Theft under $50 from auto
100 Block E. Marshall Rd. – Victim called this station to report a theft from his vehicle. I spoke to the victim by phone and he reports sometime between 1800 hours yesterday (3/5/09) and 0630 hours this date, unknown actor/s entered his 2003 Nissan Altima and rifled though the contents. The only property known missing is about 3 to 5 dollars in coins. The latch to the center console where the coins were kept was damaged by the actor/s. The actor/s left behind a Sirius Satellite Radio that was plainly visible. It appears that the actor/s may have found an unlocked door because there was no sign of forced entry.


03-07-09 00:18 Hours Ptl. T. Selimis – Driving Under the Influence
Highland & E. Baltimore Aves. – this officer was driving east on E. Baltimore Ave and noted that it looked as if the operator of a vehicle was looking right at this officer as the vehicle entered the intersection of E. Baltimore Ave causing this officer to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the Volkswagen. The driver of the VW was a white female. As this officer approached the vehicle it appeared that the offender was reaching down the front of her pants. She was immediately asked to step out of the vehicle and as she was doing so, she again started to reach into the front of her pants. This officer detected an odor of alcoholic beverage on the offender’s breath and person and she appeared to be confused while answering questions, often having a delayed response. Offenders observed to have glassy blood shot eyes and slurred speech. The offender was taken into custody and transported to Lansdowne Police Headquarters. She was arrested for DUI and processed.


03-07-09 19:41 Hours Ptl T. Selimis – Theft $50 to $200 from Auto
100 E. Essex Ave. – Police dispatched for theft discovered out of a vehicle. Spoke to the victim, who stated she, her husband and baby arrived to their address and parked out front. The victim left her dark brown leather Versace purse on the front passenger seat. Ten minutes later her husband went to their vehicle to get an item and he observed the purse still on the seat. The victim went back out to the vehicle and discovered that it was broken into and the purse stolen.
There were similar thefts in East Lansdowne, where two suspects were apprehended. Purse stolen from Lansdowne’s victim was part of recovered property.


03-08-09 19:30 Hours Ptl. T. Selimis – Theft $200 & over from auto
100 Block Drexel Ave. – On this date police were dispatched for theft from a motor vehicle. On arrival police spoke with victim who stated his silver and black Dell X 51V pocket PC that was in a black leather case was stolen out of his vehicle. The PC was stolen from a 2006 Toyota Sienna. He is unsure if he had locked the vehicle doors. Value of missing item $500.00


03-08-09 20:00 Hours Ptl. T. Selimis – Theft $200 & over from auto
100 Block Berkley Ave. – this officer was in the area of 100 Block of Berkley Ave when I was flagged down by the victim who stated she had just discovered her 2002 Nissan was broken into. The victim states a pink Garmin GPS valued at $270.00 was stolen from the center console. Police observed damage to the top right frame of the driver’s side door as if an instrument was used to gain access to the vehicle.