Police activity week of 10-24-11 through 10-30-11

10-24-11 08:34 hours – Ptl. T. Selimis – Criminal mischief
200 block Windermere Ave. – the victim called police department to report damage to her property and a parking complaint. The victim stated over the weekend she discovered the wooden post that connected to a wooden fence on her property broken. She observed tire tracks on the lawn leading from the sidewalk to the post. She also wanted to make a complaint that there were numerous illegally parked vehicles on the 200 block of Windermere Ave. This officer drove to the address and observed the wooden post broken and laying on the lawn. Tire marks were also observed in the dirt next to the post. No illegally parked vehicle observed at this time.


10-24-11 00:00 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Theft- Under $50
Unit block E. Greenwood Ave. – The victim reported that she was riding the SEPTA 109 bus from Wycombe and Greenwood Avenues to 69th Street when she was the victim of a purse snatching. The victim reported that she boarded the bus and had her purse on the seat next to her and when she arrived at the 69th Street terminal she realized that her wallet was missing along with all of her medication she was bringing to her doctor to review for an upcoming procedure.

The victim states that her non-driver identification card, social security card, welfare access card, insurance card and seven dollars in cash were missing along with the prescriptions. The victim has no description of a possible actor as she was unaware that her belongings were stolen until she arrived at the terminal.


10-24-11 13:09 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Burglary-no force-residence-day
Unit block Clover Ave. – Police received a call for a robbery and the caller refused to dial 911. Spoke to the victim who reported that he was just robbed, but it was obvious while talking to him that it was actually a burglary. While speaking to the victim, police received a 911 call for a robbery that just occurred at the address, where the caller refused to give any further information.

Police arrived in the area and set up a perimeter and called Upper Darby Police for a K9 search. The witness reported that he was in his residence when he heard his back door close, he went to the front bedroom to see if his brother was home and then after realizing that he wasn’t home he went back and looked out the window to see tow black males, one in his yard about go over the back fence and one in the neighbor’s yard acting as a look out. The witness stated he yelled at the actors and then ran downstairs and around into the driveway of the next home, then went back to get his shoes and ran back out to Highland but didn’t see anybody.


10-26-11 12:11 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Theft- $200 & over
100 block E. Stratford Ave. – the victim reported money disappearing from her residence recently, then tidy while cleaning her home she started discovering other things missing. There are approximately twelve bottles of alcohol, various wines 7 rums from vacation destination that were unopened and stored in either her closet or a china cabinet in the dining room that are gone. There was not forced entry into the residence. She believes a friend of her son may have a key and be entering the residence. She does not want to the suspect charged. The suspect was previously found by the victim inside the residence sleeping in the basement after he ran away from his home. The victim was advised to have her locks changed.


10-26-11 17:12 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Worthless checks
Unit block W. Baltimore Ave. – the owner of United Check Cashing reported that his business cashed a check on 10-10-11 written out to the suspect for the sum of $1,932.49 from a TD Bank account. The check was returned to the victim because the account is closed. The victim did attempt to contact the suspect but received no answer. Referred to Sgt. Rutherford.


10-26-11 16:23 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Criminal mischief
100 block S. Lansdowne Ave. – This officer received from the maintenance man of an apartment complex. The reporting party indicated that the door to one unit had been kicked open. Officers found no one in the apartment. Officers were at this address earlier in the day for the constables having difficulty on an eviction. At this time officers did view the inside of the apartment and it was only the door viewed as damaged.


10-24-11 16:02 hours – Ptl. J. McGowan – Burglary-forced entry- residence-day
Unit block W. Baltimore Ave. – the victim reported just coming home from school and finding her door open. This officer checked the apartment for any actors with negative results. The victim was the last to leave the residence, after her mother, locked only the door knob lock. This officer observed the door to the apartment apparel to have been forced open using a tool. The door was propped open by a clear plastic file container, which the victim states were on the wall next to the door. The apartment appeared to be very messy, but the victim reported that the apartment was usually a mess.

Items taken are 1 LG 37: flat screen television, 1 unknown brand 26″ flat screen television and a black Playstation 3 game console and a Play station 3 game controller. May items of value were left in the apartment. All residents reported that they did not hear anything between the hours of 0700 and 1600.


10-27-11 12:09 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Theft- $200 & over
Unit block N. Lansdowne Ave. – On arrival at location met with the reporting party (RP) who explained that his church rents a small chapel from The Garden Church and they store their musical instruments in the closet inside of that chapel. The instruments were last seen on Sunday 10/23 and are now missing.

The chapel is left unlocked and there is not lock on the closet door. Various groups do rent space inside the church complex. Missing is a cello and two trumpets with an estimated value of $4,000.00.


10-27-11 14:57 hours – Ptl. M. McGinnis – Burglary-forced entry-residence-day
Unit block E. Stewart Ave. – A male, who did not want to be identified, came to the police department and reported that he heard strange noises coming from inside the basement of a residence he believes is vacant due to foreclosure. Officers responded to the residence. The residence is clearly posted in a front window with a sign stated that the property was under the control of Rittenhouse REO specialist and that anyone entering with the authorization from the organization will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. As officers were checking the exterior of the residence for signs of forced entry banging could be heard in the basement. Officer Craig located a bilco door on the east side of the residence with a broken hasp. Upon opening that door he heard someone inside run up the stairs. Officer Craig held his position when a black male opened a first floor window on the east side of building and began to climb out. Upon seeing Officer Craig the male retreated back into the residence and opened a first floor window on the west side of the residence, were he was met by Officer McGinnis & Sgt. Donegan. The male once again retreated into the residence this time exiting through the rear door on the north side of the property then running. Officers gave chase and were able to get a hold of clothing as the male attempted to go over top of bushes and a fence in the rear yard. The male did resist violently attempting to break free of the hold injuring Sgt. Donegan’s hand. The male was taken into custody. Contact was made with the Rittenhouse REO and advised that the property had been entered and cooper pip was in the process of being removed by the offender. The Rittenhouse Reo Specialist did send a general contractor to secure the property. The offender was processed and held overnight for arraignment.


10-28-11 13:17 hours – Ptl. J. McGowan – Narcotics-possession-morphine, heroin, etc.
Unit block W. Baltimore Ave. – Ambulance was dispatched for an unconscious person. Upon arrival the property manager of the building reported that the subject was a diabetic. The caller stated that she was home with her friend and had left for a few minutes then returned to find her on the bedroom floor unconscious. The caller reported the patient/offender did not take insulin because she could not afford it. This officer observed a hypodermic syringe on the floor of the bedroom. While looking for an ID of any sort this officer noticed a drawer on a nightstand next to the bed that was partially open. This officer could clearly see many hypodermic syringes, many very small cotton balls, many small plastic glassine bags and a water bottle cap containing a white residue. The paramedics asked the caller if the offender was doing any drugs. The caller reported she was not and she’s diabetic. The caller reported to the paramedics that the offender did not take insulin because she could not afford it. Paramedic reported that he used a drug on the offender that clears her system of any illegal drug and that she was immediately responsive. The paramedic asked the patient/offender if she did any drugs today. The patient/offender responded, “A bag and a half”. While this officer was speaking with the caller in the living area, I spotted what appeared to be two marijuana cigarettes on the coffee table. The caller stated they were not marijuana by K-2 or incense not for consumption. This officer confirmed with Officer Selimis and when turning back to the caller, the cigarettes were missing. The caller stated she threw them out. She was asked if we could get them and she reported that she ate them. The patient/ offender was transported to the hospital. Upon arrival back at headquarters the white residue in the bag was tested positive for cocaine. All will be appropriately charged.


10-29-11 14:07 hours – Sgt. J. McCaughan – Burglary-forced entry-residence-day
Unit block W. Greenwood Ave. – Police received a report of a burglary discovered. The homeowner was already through the residence with the exception of the basement. The victim reports she left the residence at approximately 0700 hours this morning and when she returned at approximately 1400 hours she noticed vehicle tracks on her lawn. She then noticed an HDMI cable lying on the sidewalk leading up to the side door on the east side of residence. When she went to the door she observed that the door was already open, she then discovered that her front door was forced open and the door jamb and lock were broken. She walked through the residence and discovered that there were several items missing, mostly electronics, such as flat screen televisions and game systems.

An inspection of the door showed that the actor/s used some type of pry bar to force the door. The actor/s did ransack the entire residence with the exception of the basement. The victim was advised to make a list of all property taken.


10-29-11 00:04 hours – Ptl. D. Schiazza – Burglary-no force-residence- night
Unit block Berkley Ave. – Dispatched for a report of a burglary discovered. Spoke with the victim’s who reported that they believe that their residence had been burglarized. The victim’s reported that they had left their residence on 1-28-11 at approximately 2320hours to go shopping. When the returned home at 2320 hours the one victim discovered her laptop computer missing from the dining room table. Computer described s a gray HP laptop, value approximately $500.00. The victim’s did not discover anything else missing from their residence. No forced entry into the residence. The victim’s daughter and son were home at the time of the burglary and heard nothing. The daughter stated that the family dogs were barking right before the parents came back into the residence.


10-29-11 15:40 hours – Ptl. T. Selimis – Burglary-forced entry- residence- unknown time
Unit block Owen Ave. – Police dispatched for a burglary discovered. Police made contact with the victim, who stated he just arrived home from Washington and discovered his apartment burglarized. He stated neither entrance door was forced open but the kitchen window was left slightly open. He stated the window was closed when he left but not locked, due to lock being broken. The victim gave police a list of missing items totaling approximately $5,000. The safe that was taken contained various personal paper work.


10-30-11 12:29 hours – Ptl. J. McGowan _ Theft $50 to $200 from auto.
Unit block Ardmore Ave. – Police dispatched for theft discovered. Spoke with the victim who reported that sometime last night someone had broken into his work van and stole his tool. This officer observed a passenger side back doo window broken and slightly open. The only thing missing was a Bosch hammer drill in a dark blue case.