Police activity week of 10-03-11 through 10-09-11

10-04-11 07:16 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Criminal Mischief to autos
Unit block N. Highland Ave. – An EMT employed by Mercy Health Systems reported that he was assigned to the Lansdowne Fire Station for the night shift beginning at 1900 hours on 10/31/11 and ending at 0700 hours on 10/04-11. He parked his white 2006 Ford F150 in the lot on the right side of the building in the lot. Upon returning to his truck he discovered that the lock cylinder had been tampered with and was pushed completely inside of the door. The victim was able to enter the vehicle using his keyless entry and determined that entry was not gained in the vehicle.


10-05-11 08:45 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Theft-attempt-from auto
Unit block S. Wycombe Ave. – Police were dispatched for the attempted motor vehicle theft in progress. The victim reported that a black male wearing a brown sweat shirt broke into his vehicle, a silver Honda Civic, parked on the north side parking lot of the building. This officer arrived and observed the offender in the area, a witness then pointed out the offender as being the actor. The offender was stopped and advised of the call and he asked, “Can I fight this in court?” The victim and witness positively identified the offender as the person who entered the victim’s vehicle and the offender was taken into custody.


10-05-11 22:44 hours – Sgt. J. Eisenhart – Theft- $200 & over- from auto
100 block Woodland Ave. – Police received a call to see the man in reference to a theft of a hand bag from a U-haul truck. Made contact with the reporting party and his wife, the victim. The victim stated they are in the process of moving and she left her black fake leather hand bag sitting in the passenger seat of the unlocked U-Haul. She last knew the purse to be in the vehicle around 2000 hours this date. At 2230 hours she discovered the bag missing, checked the house and the car and called the police.

The victim stated the bag contained $40.00 in cash, a T-Mobile My Touch 3g slide cell phone valued at about $500.00, Also missing are two watches combined value of $4500.00. Victim also stated her passport and Bank of America debit card were missing. Police checked the area with negative results.


10-06-11 15>47 hours – Ptl. T. Selimis – Driving under the influence-alcohol
100 block N. Lansdowne Ave. – While on patrol this officer observed a 2004 Green Dodge Dakota traveling south on N. Lansdowne. The vehicle was observed driving through a steady red light located at Plumstead and N. Lansdowne. This officer activated my lights and sirens prior to passing Drexel Ave but the vehicle did not pull over until mid block on N. Lansdowne Ave between Essex and Greenwood Aves.


This officer made contact with the driver, while obtaining his vehicle paperwork a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected emitting from the vehicle. While taking to the offender, his eyes were observed to glassy and blood shot, his speech was slurred and he was having trouble completing his thoughts and sentences. The offender failed all three sobriety tests given. The offender was taken into custody and processed and will be charged appropriately.


10-07-11 16:13 hours – Sgt. K. Kienzle – Criminal mischief
200 block Windermere Ave. – Victim’s son states sometime in the last two weeks, unknown actors drove on his mother’s lawn. The son cuts the mother’s grass. He has no idea who would do this or why.


10-07-11 14:12 hours – Sgt. K. Rutherford – Theft- under $50 from buildings
Unit block E. Baltimore Ave. – Regional Loss Prevention Manager for Rite Aid came to Headquarters to report a theft from the store by a store employee. Investigation on-going.


10-07-11 17:20 hours – Ptl. L. Albertoli – Assaults- other assaults simple
100 block Green Ave. (PWHS) – Police were contacted by school official who reports a domestic dispute between two students at the school. Dispute between boyfriend & girlfriend, male did grab the female and pushed her into lockers. Female party was interviewed and police were unable to contact her parents. Female party was given this officers business card and told to have her parents contact this officer, No call ever came. The school official did contact the male party’s mother and advised the male would be suspended for three days and this incident was referred to the police and she was not sure if criminal charges would be filed. Investigation to continue.


10-08-11 15:20 hours – Sgt. K. Kienzle – Disorderly conduct
Nyack Ave @ Schappet Ter. – Police responded to an assault, just occurred. On arrival males stated a verbal exchange took place between the two men. Some punches were exchanged. No injuries. Both cited for disorderly conduct.


10-08-11 21:49 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Driving under the influence
Baltimore Ave. – While on patrol and parked in the Dunkin Donuts lot observing traffic. This officer heard the sound of screeching tires then the sound of a crash at the intersection of Baltimore & Lansdowne Aves. A silver mini traveling north on Lansdowne Ave appeared to have been hit by a small white sedan traveling east on Baltimore, this sedan fled north on Lansdowne. This officer confirmed that the occupants of the minivan were ok, and then followed the fluid trail from the striking vehicle. The suspected vehicle was located on the parking lot of Frantic Mechanics. The vehicle a white KIA Spectra with heavy front end damage and a flat tire was located. The operator/offender was observed exiting the driver’s side of the vehicle and surveying the damage on the right front of the vehicle. When asked what was going on the operator indicated he wasn’t sure, he’s a diabetic and he doesn’t remember. The offender denied drinking to this officer but advised the paramedic he was in a bar in Clifton Heights drinking Coors Lite. As a precaution the offender was transported to the hospital.

This officer believes that the offender was under the influence of alcohol and will be charged appropriately.


10-09-11 09:53 hours – Ptl. C. Schiazza – Theft- $50 to $200 all other
Unit block E. Stratford Ave. – Dispatched for report of a theft of a cooler. Made contact with both victim’s. Both reported that someone took nylon blue and gray cooler from the rear of their home. The victim’s were packing for a trip and placed the cooler near the car. At 0935 hours the victim noticed the cooler missing.

The victims reported that there was approximately one case of beer along with pretzels, potato chips, crackers, Swiss and sharp cheeses in the cooler.