A Philadelphia man believed to be involved with a counterfeit cash checking ring faced jail time after pleading guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit thief by deception, theft by deception and identity theft. A Montgomery County judge sentenced him to up to 23 months in jail, up to three years in probation and $13,000 in restitution fees. The man was given credit for 10 months served in jail while waiting for charges to be brought down. His jail sentence for the theft crimes was set to begin on Mar. 15 to be served during weekends.
Police have arrested a former Collingdale council member who they believe stole millions of dollars from his employer. The council member allegedly took $2.9 million from Wescott Electric in Aston where he had been working as a project manager. Authorities say that some of the money financed Bryan's gambling at a Pennsylvania casino, and the rest may have paid for a large number of lottery tickets.
A Philadelphia man is facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged crime spree that crossed Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties in early January. The charges were upheld at the defendant's Jan. 24 preliminary hearing following testimony given by several witnesses regarding his alleged property and theft crimes.
A man who fled from TJ Maxx loss prevention specialists after being accused of shoplifting was captured by police a few blocks away. The man was allegedly seen with two female companions in TJ Maxx trying to flee with $1,800 in stolen merchandise. According to reports, they put the merchandise into a bag inside the store and were stopped on their way out.
Two men have been identified by police for their alleged involvement in an investigation surrounding the theft of brass and bronze mausoleum doors from a Pennsylvania cemetery. The custom-made doors, installed in 1926 and 1969, were valued at $36,000, according to the manager of the cemetery from which they were stolen. The men who have been taken into custody on suspicion of theft had both been previously employed at cemeteries.
A 31-year-old man from Philadelphia who was accused of robbery on Nov. 7 reportedly waived the charges against him on Dec. 23. The man was one of two men who were accused by Upper Allen Township Police of robbing an apartment and holding the residents at gunpoint.
A 23-year-old man allegedly made fraudulent purchases at several T-Mobile stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey using a closed credit card account recently. His purchases for iPhones and accessories totaled more than $16,000. Consequently, he was charged with numerous counts of access device fraud and theft.
A 45-year-old man is in custody after allegedly robbing a bank in western Pennsylvania, according to law enforcement authorities. The man faces charges for robbing the S&T Bank in Armagh, which is located in Indiana County. According to witnesses, the suspect robbed the bank at knifepoint in the morning hours. The police believe that the suspect may also be responsible for robbing the First National Bank of Cresson the following day. Indeed, a witness at the second robbery managed to take down the suspect's license plate number. The license plate traced back to a car owned by the suspect's mother. The man has not yet been charged with the robbery of the Cresson bank.
A press release has been issued by a U.S. attorney accusing a Pennsylvania man of robbing four different banks in the greater Philadelphia area between the years 2010 and 2012. The accused had previously been charged with robbing two banks in Lower Merion and Uwchlan. The 36-year-old man is accused of several theft crimes including robbing a Sovereign Bank that used to be located on High Street in Pottstown in June of 2010; a Citizens Bank on Lancaster Avenue in Devon in January of 2012; the First Niagara Bank on State Avenue in Emmaus in April of 2012; and an M&T Bank that used to be located on North Pottstown Pike in Exton in July of 2012.
Pennsylvania police are seeking felony theft charges against a prison secretary, whom they accuse of stealing more than $50,000 in the last five years. The money came from cash deposits that were supposed to be made on behalf of prison inmates, but were unaccounted for in the prison's books.