Police activity week of 07-26-10 through 08-01-10

07-26-10 02:11 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Theft-$200 & over-from auto
W. Plumstead Ave. – While on routine patrol observed a green 1996 Ford Taurus traveling very slowly on W. Plumstead Avenue. This officer then observed a person, with what appeared to be a flashlight approach vehicles parked on the street and peered inside with the flashlight.
This officer stopped the vehicle; in plain view inside the vehicle this officer viewed an LED flashlight and a pair of black work gloves. There were several cell phones and what appeared to be cell phone chargers, an ashtray full of coins along with a small black zip up change purse with coins, a multi colored shingle purse full of coins, other items were also viewed.
Three offenders were taken into custody, processed and the vehicle impounded.


07-26-10 08:42 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Theft under $50 from autos
Unit block Eldon Ave. – The victim notified police that on Sunday 7-25-10 in the morning hours she discovered that her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, had been ransacked. The victim indicated that a Handicapped hang tag and a small metal compass was missing. The victim believes her vehicle was unlocked as it sustained no damage.


07-26-10 18:08 hours – Ptl. C. Craig – Theft-under $50 from auto
U100 block W. Albemarle Ave. – Police responded for a report of a theft from vehicle discovered. On location I spoke with the victim who reports that someone had gone into her gold Mazda 3 and removed the ashtray which contained approximately$20.00 in change. This officer was aware that an ashtray full of change was recovered from a previous incident. This officer did inform the victim that I would check the vehicle that was impounded in that incident and see if it was in fact her ashtray.


07-26-10 18:27 hours – Ptl. C. Craig – Theft-under $50 from auto
100 block W. Albemarle Ave. – While taking a theft report from the previous incident this officer was approached by the victim who reports his silver Honda Ridgeline was entered sometime overnight and his IPod charger was stolen from his vehicle. This officer was aware of an IPod charger being recovered from a previous incident. This officer did inform the victim and stated I would check the vehicle that was impounded in that incident and see if in fact it as his charger.


07-26-10 18:40 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Theft-$200 & over- all other
Police headquarters – The victim came to police headquarters to repot $995.20 in unauthorized transactions oh her Discover card account. The victim indicated that she never lost her card and still has it in her possession. The victim contacted Discover and learned that someone using her daughter’s cellular phone contacted Discover and had a pin number assigned for cash advances from ATM’s. The victim provided a detailed list of eight withdraws including date, time and location. Given the circumstances the victim was asked if she was aware that her grandson has charges pending for similar issues and she indicated she was not. The victim was then asked if she would be willing to prosecute if it turned out to be her grandson and she indicated she would need to think about it.


07-26-10 21:56 hours – Sgt. K. Kienzle – Disorderly conduct-all others
Unit block E. Baltimore Ave. – Police responded to an assault, that had just occurred. On arrival it was learned that t fight had taken place in the parking lot at the corner of Baltimore & Wycombe Avenues.
The complainant stated that she had been sent a text message by her ex-boyfriend. The message told her to come to his apartment to pick up $20.00 that he owed her. As repaying money is out of character for the ex-boyfriend, the complainant stated she thought there would be a problem and brought two of her friends and her cousin with her. As soon as the complainant went to the side of the ex-boyfriends apartment building two white females exited the building door and started punching her and pulling her. The complainant believes that this entire episode was orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend. The complainant identified one of the females; she stated she knows her first name from seeing her on the social website Facebook.
Police drove the complainant to the area and she positively identified the offender as one of the females that punched her. The offender was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. The ex-boyfriend and the other white female offender left the area prior to police arrival.


07-27-10 12:05 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Robbery-strong arm-bank
Unit block W. Baltimore Ave. – While police were investigating a previous incident of a fictitious man with a gun call which originated from a pay phone at 10 W. Baltimore Avenue in Lansdowne. Officer Robert McCaughan of CHPD was enroute to that location and observed a black male in dark clothing running west from the area of Wachovia Bank. Officer McCaughan then saw people outside of the bank watching the male and when he directed his attention back to the male the officer observed what he believed to be a bank dye pack explode in the man’s hands. Officer R. McCaughan did pursue the suspect when he observed the suspect drop an envelope with dye covered cash. Officer R. McCaughan did apprehend the suspect and held him until back up arrived. The bank scene was secured. The bank teller positively identified the suspect as the male who handed her a note demanding money. The investigation was turned over to Sergeant Donegan and the FBI.


07-28-10 10:00 hours – Ptl. L. Albertoli – Theft-$00 & over from autos
Unit block S. Lansdowne Ave. – While on patrol, Chief Kortan observed that the rear wing shaped window on a white Crown Victoria was shattered and a great deal of glass was in the street next to the car. The car was parked in front of the Atha Dara apartment building. On this officers arrival I was met by the complainant, who is the operator of the vehicle. The complainant had moved the vehicle to make arrangements for repair. The complainant’s former girlfriend is the vehicle owner. The complainant reports that sometime overnight known actor/s entered the vehicle, probably by breaking the window and removed a JVC Model KD-R300 sterol from the dash. Value of stereo $300. Nothing else missing from vehicle.


07-28-10 08:00 hours – Sgt. J. Eisenhart – Theft-$50 to $200 from auto
Unit block W. Windermere Ter. – the victim responded to police headquarters and reported that sometime between 7-27-10 2200 hours and 7-28-10 0500 hours an unknown actor/s did enter his unlocked work van and removed his personal Garmin GPS. The GPS is valued at $150.00. Nothing else is missing and there was no forced entry.


07-28-10 23:04 hours – Ptl. M. Mugler – Harassment
200 block Glentay Ave. – The police were dispatched for a report of an active domestic. This officer requested a call back and the dispatcher indicated that the offender was on location. The Lansdowne police have had numerous contacts with the offender over the past 24 months. On police arrival the offender was visibly intoxicated and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person. The offender indicated she had been drinking in the house. The offender explained that she and that victim began arguing and yelling, but nothing became physical. The victim and his brother stated the offender became enraged and started screaming. The offender was arrested and returned to police headquarters where she stayed for the remainder of the night. She was given a citation and released in the morning after she sobered up.


07-29-10 15:40 hours – Ptl. L. Albertoli – Burglary-no force-residence
Unit block N. Wycombe Ave. – Realtor-reporting party came to police headquarters to report a burglary/vandalism. The Agent handles two properties on N. Wycombe Avenue. Both properties were entered by unknown person, missing is copper piping, bathroom fixtures and vandalism has been done to both properties. Both properties did have lock boxes on the front door, both were locked. Investigation to continue.


07-30-10 18:03 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Theft-$200 & over from auto
Unit block Price Ave. –The victim stated a Tom Tom GPS unit, power cord and windshield mount was missing from his Hyundai and the Tom Tom GPS unit and power cord were also missing from his wife’s Chrysler. Both vehicles were presumed locked although neither sustained damage.