Police activity week of 09-03-13 through 09-08-13

09-03-13 08:11 hours – Ptl. D. Schiazza – MV theft- trucks-shop center-parking lots
Unit block Scottdale Rd. – On Monday 9-2-13 at approximately 0342 hours an unknown actor entered a secured parking lot of a local business. The actor then stole a white 2012 Ford E-350 box truck with the business name printed on the sides. The truck has been entered into NCIC. The truck contained work related items, such as a pressure washer and a compressor. No usable surveillance video has been obtained at this time.

09-04-13 22:56 hours – Ptl. L. Albertoli – Robbery-strong arm – highway
S. Lansdowne & Linden Aves. – Initially dispatched for an assault that just occurred. Once out, we located the victim. A resident reported that the victim knocked on his door asking for help. The victim had a least one bleeding cut and abrasions on his face and was visibly shaken and somewhat disoriented. The victim was having a difficult time providing answers to questions, but he reported he was robbed. The victim was transported to the hospital. Investigation to continue.

09-05-13 13:50 hours – Ptl. K. McDermott – Theft- $200 & over
Unit block Scottdale Rd. – The president of a local business reported an unauthorized use to a company credit card. The card was assigned to an employee. The employee had recently been demoted, but the company credit card was never turned in to the business. The unauthorized charges to the card totaled $2,133.57, none of which were business related.

09-05-13 21:52 hours – Sgt. J. Eisenhart – Theft – $200 & over
100 block Madison Ave. – The victim came to headquarters to report that he was the victim of a phone scam and identity theft. The victim states that he received a call on his cell phone from an unknown subject. The subject identified himself as an attorney. The voice mail message stated that the victim owed $8,000.00 to some government entity. The victim called the phone number back and spoke to an individual who left the message. The individual had the victim’s personal information. The unknown party convinced the victim to forward $480.00 to settle this debt via a Green Dot card. The victim did as requested. The victim, after receiving another number to call, did send an additional $790.00 via the Green Dot card. The victim was advised that these scams usually originate outside the U.S. and are extremely hard, if not impossible for local law enforcement to investigate. The victim was provided with an identity theft kit and instructions on how to complete same.

09-06-13 15:00 hours – Ptl. C. Craig – Disorderly conduct
Unit block E. Baltimore Ave. – Responded to a report of keys locked inside a car. On location the complaint thanked me for coming and stated his son’s girlfriend had locked her keys inside her car. This officer spooked to the woman whose car it was and she stated it was hers. She gave a name and provided me a date of birth. She had no identification on her, and stated her identification was stolen. Was able to gain entry into the vehicle without incident and she was sent on her way. While checking the name provided to the officer, it was learned that there was no record. This officer did stop the vehicle and asked the driver her name and asked why she had given a fake name. The driver/offender did provide this officer with her correct name and date of birth. The offender was transported to police headquarters and issued two citations.

09-06-13 17:45 hours – Ptl. C. Craig – Public drunkenness
S. Lansdowne & E. Baltimore Aves. – Responded for a report of a fight on a SEPTA bus. Located the bus and Officer McGowan spoke with the driver. The driver stated that while he was driving, he heard a large commotion coming from the back of the bus. A large group of passengers pointed to a black male, who they stated was the cause of the fight. Officer Schiazza made contact with the male, who at the time was visibly intoxicated and appeared to be agitated. Due to the offender being unsteady on his feet, had glassy eyes and slurred speech, he was taken into custody. At police headquarters he was issued two citations and placed in a cell until he was sober.

09-06-13 18:00 hours – Sgt. K. Rutherford – Sexual Assault
Unit block Nyack Ave. – On this date at approximately 17:30 hours the father of the victim called LPD and briefly spoke with Sgt. Kienzle. The father wanted to report that his daughter was sexually assaulted on December 25, 2011 in Lansdowne. Sgt. Kienzle took preliminary information. This case was referred to the detective division and a follow up investigation will be initiated.

09-07-13 12:35 hours – Ptl. D. Schiazza – Theft- $200 & over from buildings
100 block N. Lansdowne Ave. – The victim came to headquarters when he discovered that two firearms had been stolen from the bedroom of his apartment. The victim suspects his fiancée’s son. The victim stated he was informed by UDPD that the fiancée’s son, had been arrested by UPD and was in possession of the firearms. The victim stated he wants to press charges against the offender for taking the firearms.

09-08-13 11:24 hours – Sgt. K. Kienzle – Robbery-strong arm- chain store
100 block E. Baltimore Ave. – Police responded for a call of a strong arm robbery. On arrival an employee of the store, stated she observed the offender concealing merchandise in his backpack. The offender did not pay for the items. The employee confronted the offender as he tried to leave the store. The offender struck her with his backpack and threatened her. The offender was apprehended. The offender was taken into custody, the items stolen were found in the offender’s backpack. The offender will be charged appropriately.

09-08-13 22:48 hours – Ptl. T. Selimis – Drive under the influence
W. Baltimore Ave. & Burmont Rd. – This officer did pull alongside a Dodge Intrepid that was stopped at a green light and was not moving. This officer used the air horn to alert the driver. The vehicle did not move or show any attempt to move. After making contact with the driver of the vehicle, this officer noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. The offender did fail three field sobriety tests. The offender was taken into custody and will be charged appropriately.