Police activity week of 03-23-09 through 03-29-09

03-23-09 16:00 Hours Ptl. K. McDermott – Theft-under $50 from Auto
200 Block W. Baltimore Ave (Avanti Roofing, Inc.)- The property owner did report that he discovered the license plate missing from one of his work trucks on Friday 03-20-09 at approximately 0700 hours. The truck was parked in the driveway of Avanti Roofing. The property owner could not recall the last time he saw the tag on the vehicle and was unclear as to why he did not report the tag stolen Friday 03-20-09. The license plate was entered into NCIC as stolen on today’s date.


03-24-09 11:30 Hours – Ptl. K. Kienzle – All others-False Police Reports
100 Block E. Baltimore Ave.-(CVS) – Police detained a suspicious person suspected of shoplifting at the CVS store on February 24, 2009. The woman identified herself as one person, and she was released without charges. Information received from other police agencies has revealed that the woman is actually another person of Clifton Heights. The woman will be charged with False ID to Law Enforcement and Identity theft


03-24-09 18:43 Hours – Ptl. K. McDermott – All other vandalism
Stewart & Union Aves. – Police received a call to respond to police headquarters to meet the complainant in regards to property damage. The complainant did report that a red vehicle had struck the fire hydrant at the intersection of Stewart & Union Aves. Upon arrival this officer did observe the fire hydrant on the sidewalk. The complainant stated that she heard the vehicle hit the hydrant and observed a red vehicle drive west on Stewart. No further information was provided. Aqua was notified and put the hydrant out of service and the Lansdowne Fire Department Chief was advised of the damage.


03-25-09 11:16 Hours – Ptl. M. Mugler – theft-Under $50-Retail Theft
Unit Block E. Baltimore Ave. (Rite Aid) – Police responded for a report of theft that just occurred at the Rite Aid. Police dispatch advised that a heavy set black female walked out of the store with two bottles of laundry detergent. She got in an older dark blue Plymouth or Dodge Caravan. The van was last seen heading east on Baltimore Avenue. Police dispatch also advised that the van may be at an address on E. Providence Road. Sgt’s Donegan and McCaughan check the residence with negative results. This officer spoke to the Loss Prevention Officer at the Rite Aid, she explained that the suspect picked up a prescription and that this female who took the items is the same suspect who stole Children’s Tylenol last week. This officer viewed surveillance discs from the camera today. It showed a heavyset black female, dressed in purple nurse’s coat walk to the register and pay for a broom and get her receipt. This same suspect then walks from the register out of sight. The loss prevention officer indicated he watched her walk back into aisle two, the tape then clearly shows her leaving the store with two bottles of Tide Laundry Detergent liquid in her right hand. Loss to Rite Aid $35.98


03-26-09 15:02 Hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Harassment
100 Block E. Plumstead Ave. – The victim reported that she has been receiving harassing phone calls from the offender again despite a restraining order that was issued by Judge John J. Perfetti at their last hearing on 3-9-09. The victim reported that she received six calls between 15440 hours and 1531 hours today. The offender also pulled up n front of the victim’s home in a burgundy Chevrolet Equinox, looked at the victim and put up her middle finger. The victim then received another phone call a short time later from the offender. This officer will file a criminal complaint for Harassment as a misdemeanor against the offender.


03-28-09 03:02 Hours – Ptl. C. Craig – Drive Under Influence
Unit Block of N. Lansdowne Ave. – While traveling South on Lansdowne Avenue, police did observe a blue Mercury proceed through a steady red traffic signal at the intersection of Lansdowne & Stewart Aves. At this time police did conduct a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle this officer did detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the offender, I also did detect an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the blue Mercury Cougar. During a routine records check, this officer did learn that there was an active bench warrant for the offender’s arrest. This officer did ask the offender to step from his vehicle and upon opening the door, a marijuana cigarette was observed on the armrest of the driver side door. When the offender did exit the vehicle he was unsteady on his feet and did exhibit glassy eyes. At this time no field sobriety tests were performed due to inclement weather. Upon questioning the offender did confirm that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. The offender was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where he was read and signed the implied consent form and did submit to chemical testing of his blood. The offenders was transported for processing and while doing a search incident to arrest a small clear glassine plastic bag containing a white powdery substance did fall out of his pants. The offender stated it was cocaine. At Lansdowne Police Headquarters Officer McGinnis did field test both substances 1 for cocaine and 1 for marijuana to which they both tested positive.


03-28-09 09:21 Hours – Ptl. C. Brown – Criminal Mischief-All Other
Unit Block of Dudley Ave. – Upon officers arrival the reporting party advised that unknown actors toilet papered her neighbors front yard. This officer did view numerous layers of toilet paper hanging from the owner’s bushes and trees. The reporting party advised that her son came home at approximately 23:45 hours last evening and did not notice anything unusual. The reporting party added that the owner was not home at this time and would not be back in the area until next month.
This officer will attempt to identify and make contact with the property owner.


03-28-09 09:21 Hours – Ptl. C. Brown – Criminal Mischief to Automobiles
Unit Block Dudley Ave. – the reporting party advised that unknown actors threw a large amount of strawberries and unknown type of dry bead onto her son’s vehicle. The reporting party added that her son parked his vehicle at approximately 21:00 hours on 3-27-09 and did not notice anything or anyone unusual in the area. The reporting party does not believe that her son is having any problems with anyone at this time. The beans and strawberries were sprayed off with a hose and did not appear to have caused any permanent damage to the vehicle.